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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn says he's come through a year of medical difficulties.
The 93-year-old Glenn appeared with his wife, Annie, at a Statehouse news conference in Ohio on Thursday.
Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, says he suffered a small stroke after heart-valve replacement surgery last year. He says he's lost about half his eyesight due to macular degeneration and some of his hearing. He says he may have a corrective operation on his eyes soon.
He can no longer drive or read. So, 95-year-old Annie says she reads him the newspaper.
The Glenns were at the Statehouse to announce Ohio's first-in-the-nation participation in an interactive civics education website. It will be administered by the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.
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