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Kirk Continues to Make Progress

Family thanks everyone who has been supportive.

, who suffered a stroke Saturday, remains in serious condition today at Northwestern Memorial Hospital despite making progress, according to Dr. Richard Fessler, the neurosurgeon who is treating him.

“Senator Kirk is progressing as expected and we continue to be hopeful about his long term prognosis,” Fessler said. “He remains in serious condition and is being monitored closely.”

As of Tuesday, Fessler reported Kirk . He was also talking then, responding to questions and even asked for his cell phone, according to Fessler.

On Tuesday, Kirk’s family thanked people for their good wishes including President Barack Obama, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Springfield), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Governor Patrick Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

"We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support we've received over the last couple of days,” the family said in a prepared statement issued by Kirk’s office.

The family singled out Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) in particular. “Words cannot describe how much Joe Manchin's friendship and support means to us and especially to Mark,” the statement said. “We are truly blessed to have such amazing family and friends."

Kirk and Manchin, who entered the Senate about the same time, have been regular lunch partners. They had planned to sit together at the State of the Union address Tuesday.

Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital Saturday, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck, according to a release issued Monday by Kirk’s office. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke.

Nightcrawler January 27, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Why should he resign?
HM January 27, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Cockroach - do you know something we don't about any brain damage the Senator suffered? If the stroke did not impact his cognative abilities, then I see no reason for him to resign. Perhaps you just don't care for the Senator, but that is not really a reason for him to resign. Gaby Giffords, who had verifiable brain damage almost immediately after her horrific shooting, took one full year to resign. I don't see anyone making an issue of that, and she should have been given ample time to heal before making such a decision. Let's wait and see how Senator Kirk recovers from this awful illness before any decisions about his future are made. If the stroke affected the left side of the brain, then he should be just fine, cognitavely speaking, and able to carry on his duties. Let's not forget how long Sen. Strom Thurman and Sen. Robert Byrd continued to serve, despite obvious cognitive deficiencies? Were you calling for them to resign?
Nightcrawler January 27, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I'm with you, HM. Calling for the guy's resignation a week after he had a stroke is just plain mean-spirited.
LMJ January 27, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Very well said, HM.
ChiTownRunnr January 27, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Inconsistent is just a nice word for hypocrite.

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