January 23, 2012

Senator Kirk ’81 Recovering After Stroke

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After suffering a stroke Saturday, Senator Mark Kirk ’81 (R-Ill.), was in intensive care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Ill as of Monday night. Kirk’s chances for a full mental recovery are good, according to a press release from Kirk’s office, although Dr. Richard Fessler, a neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial, told the Chicago Tribune that Kirk runs the risk of contracting facial paralysis, and may also have difficultly moving his left arm and leg in the future.

According to a press release, Kirk, 52, checked himself into the Lake Forest Hospital on Saturday. Doctors there determined Kirk had a carotid artery dissection on the right side of his neck. He was later transferred to Northwestern Memorial, where further tests revealed he had suffered an ischemic stroke.

Original Author: Kaitlyn Kwan