Doctors confident of recovery after Sen. Mark Kirk suffers stroke
Sen. Mark Kirk suffered a stroke and has undergone surgery, his office announced Monday, indicating that the prognosis is good for a recovery.
The 52-year-old Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital in Illinois on Saturday. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where tests showed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke.
"Early this morning the senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke," a spokesman from his office said. "The surgery was successful. Due to his young age, good health and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the senator's recovery over the weeks ahead."
The hospital plans a news conference later in the day.
Kirk's stroke is similar to what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suffered in 2005, at the age of 66. Reid made a full recovery.
Kirk was elected to the Senate in 2010, winning the seat formerly held by President Obama. He had previously agreed to sit with a Democratic lawmaker this year for the president's State of the Union Tuesday night. Last year, he crossed the aisle to sit with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the No. 2 in the Senate.
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