Kirk’s Progress After Stroke Continues, His Doctor Says

CHICAGO (AP) — Mark Kirk’s doctor says he is pleased with the Illinois senator’s progress in recovering from a stroke in January.

Dr. Richard Harvey said Friday that Kirk continues to improve his “mobility for day-to-day activities.” He adds that Kirk has been meeting regularly with his staff and has been getting visits from close friends and family.

Harvey is the medical director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Center for Stroke Rehabilitation.

Doctors have said the 52-year-old Republican should make a full mental recovery, though they expect him to have limited movement on his left side.

Immediately after the stroke, Kirk had emergency surgery that included the temporary removal of part of his skull to allow for swelling.

Kirk began his rehabilitation in mid-February with exercise that included walking on a treadmill.

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  • Mike

    Good news!

  • Army Vet,VN

    Could this man have been sabotage,when I first heard the story that was the first thing that ran through my mind,and then this Britebard guy.

  • Bob

    Kirk was leading the charge to repeal Obamacare. I wonder what his thoughts will be once he sees the bills add up to several hundred thousand and how anyone can handle that and still keep their house who doesn’t have the insurance or means to afford it.

    If he’s unable or decides not to return to the Senate, he’ll be considered PRE-EXISTING and won’t be able to find insurance and will need to pay all his medical bills out of his pocket.

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