LAKE FOREST, Ill. (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is described as alert and responsive after another operation to relieve swelling in his brain, after he suffered a stroke last weekend.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital neurosurgeon Dr. Richard Fessler said Kirk remained in serious, but stable, condition as of Thursday morning, with no change in his prognosis.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Frostbite Risk Within 30 Minutes Of Exposure As Wind Chills Drop Below Zero
The surgery performed Wednesday involved removing two small pieces of tissue that had been rendered non-functional by the stroke.
On Thursday morning, Kirk was “alert, responsive and gave us the thumbs up on request,” Fessler said in a statement.
On Friday, Kirk’s best friend, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) will fly in from West Virginia to pay Kirk a visit. During President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night, Manchin kept an empty seat next to him to honor the absent Kirk.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Tips Lower Your Gas Bills As Temperatures Drop
Alexander ordered a CT angiogram, which revealed a dissection, or tear in an artery supplying blood to Kirk’s brain.
By 3 p.m. Saturday, Kirk was admitted to Lake Forest, and placed on bed rest and blood thinners. Six hours later, it became clear he was having a stroke.CTA Blue Line Service Resumes After Man Killed By O'Hare Bound Train
Doctors have said they don’t know when he might be cleared to go back to work.