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Sen. Mark Kirk Suffers Stroke

Jim Burroway

January 23rd, 2012

He’s only 52. He checked himself in at Chicago’s Lake Forest Hospital on Saturday before transferring to Northwest Memorial. Doctors say he underwent “successful” surgery to reduce the swelling in his brain as a result of the stroke. Doctors say they expect a full recovery.

UPDATE: Sen. Kirk’s condition appears to be more serious than first reports indicated. The Chicago Tribune reports that while chances for a full mental recovery are good, prospects for a physical recovery are “not great.” He may not recover full use of his left arm. Rehabilitation will takes weeks or months.

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Hunter
January 23rd, 2012 | LINK

He’s my junior senator, and this is unhappy news. He started off with the teabagger “defund everything” mantra, and I suspect mine was not the only negative feedback he got — his voting record is mixed, which is to say he’s voted the right was as often as not. At least it appears he was listening. (Illinois doesn’t really go for wingnuts all that enthusiastically, it seems.)

Timothy Kincaid
January 23rd, 2012 | LINK

All of the best wishes to Senator Kirk for a full recovery.

MattNYC
January 23rd, 2012 | LINK

I could make a joke here about the pressures and stress of the closet, but I will just wish him a complete and speedy recovery.

I wonder if he has a family history or something like high blood pressure. Because he seems to keep himself in pretty good shape–I think he’s even in that P90X clique.

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