Skip to comments.Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk suffers stroke!
Posted on 01/23/2012 3:53:22 PM PST by SeekAndFind
The Republican senator elected in 2010 to fill the seat once occupied by Barack Obama suffered a stroke Saturday and underwent surgery today to repair related damage, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Mr. [Mark] Kirk, 51 years old and a freshman Republican, checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital on Saturday, and doctors found damage to his carotid artery on the right side of his neck. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where tests revealed he had suffered a stroke. 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,” his office said in a statement.
That “confidence” in the senator’s recovery, however, pertains primarily to his mental capacities; he’s unlikely to fully recover physically, doctors say.
Neurosurgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago said parts of Kirk’s brain are permanently damaged.
“The prospects for his full physical recovery, particularly on the left side of his body, are not great,” said Dr. Richard Fessler, a neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial.
The stroke may also result in “some facial paralysis,” Fessler added, with Kirk maybe recovering use of his left leg, but “the use of his left arm is going to be very difficult.”
Fessler said that Kirk’s “prospects for a full mental recovery are pretty good.”
“Senator Kirk’s job is cerebral, and I believe the functions required to do his job are going to be fine,” he added.
Kirk’s battle for Obama’s former seat was a close-watched election in 2010, as it pitted Kirk against Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer and a personal friend of Obama, who campaigned twice on Giannoulias’ behalf.
This election cycle, the freshman senator — secure in his own seat — has endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
“I am extremely distressed by the news that my friend Mark Kirk is hospitalized for emergency medical treatment,” Romney said in a statement. “I wish him a speedy recovery and a swift return to the U.S. Senate chamber, so he can continue his important work for the people of Illinois and all the people of the United States.”
Mr. Kirk and his family, friends and staff have my thoughts, prayers and best wishes, as well.
But by the grace of God.....
Prayers for him and his family. For the rest of us: manage your blood pressure and stress.
My brother, WACO, to you FReepers....had a stroke like this one 5 1/2 years ago. His mind is still great, his speech was a problem for awhile but the left side is pretty useless. He has just been in a nursing home since the end of October for rehab. due to some complications but is heading back to assisted living this week. Prayers being answered!!
PS: I should add that he is quite a bit older than Mr. Kirk, so youth will be a plus.
I had a light stroke in 1993.
I got better (though it took seven years before my hands entirely quit dropping things at inconvenient moments.)
Right CVA myself.
It’ll be years and year and he’ll never be the same - but he’s here for a reason.
Limp and be proud of it. Get the pretty ladies to help with your collar buttons :)
I had a right sided bleed the same year mr edd...
they didn’t think i’d walk, talk, or work again. Fools.
Mine was very light and I slurred and dropped stuff for a while but mostly functioned.
Did you wind up with a permenant spot of white hair for a reminder?