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Senator Kirk has a Stroke
« on: January 23, 2012, 05:43:53 pm »
Democrats are not having a good Monday, first Rep. Giffords now this. 

CHICAGO — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was in intensive care Monday after undergoing surgery to relieve swelling on his brain from a stroke that doctors said likely would make it “very difficult” for him to regain movement in his left arm and could result in facial paralysis.

But Dr. Richard Fessler at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Kirk remained sedated in intensive care, said the Illinois Republican’s chances for a full mental recovery are good. Doctors said Kirk appears to recognize those around him and is responding to commands, though it was unclear how long his recovery could take or whether full movement would be restored.  Kirk, 52, had reported feeling dizzy over the weekend checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital over the weekend before being transferred to Northwestern. Tests showed he had a tear in the carotid artery on the right side of his neck and had suffered a stroke.