Her brother Joe Ford tells The Associated Press that the senator has been treated for about a month at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. He is declining to provide details on her illness, calling it a "private matter."
He says Ophelia Ford is receiving physical rehabilitation to improve the movement of her joints and limbs.
As for whether his sister, a Democrat, will be well enough to attend Tuesday's opening session of the state Senate, Joe Ford says he has "no idea."
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