Doctor: Ill. Sen. Kirk progressing after stroke

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Posted: Jan 25, 2012 2:11 PM
Doctor: Ill. Sen. Kirk progressing after stroke

The neurosurgeon who operated on Mark Kirk after the Illinois senator had a stroke says he is progressing as expected but remains in serious condition.

Dr. Richard Fessler performed the emergency surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He said Wednesday that he is still hopeful about Kirk's long-term prognosis. He says the 52-year-old senator is being monitored closely.

Kirk's stroke affected his left side, particularly movement of his left arm and his face. Surgeons removed a piece of Kirk's skull Sunday to alleviate pressure from swelling.

Doctors say the Illinois Republican is expected to make a full mental recovery, but may not regain full movement, even after rehabilitation.