Sen. Kirk Upgraded To Fair Condition
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CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk is continuing to improve after a major stroke and has been upgraded to fair condition.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital neurosurgeon Richard Fessler says Kirk is alert, talking and responding well to questions.
The Chicago hospital released a statement Monday about Kirk’s progress, a little more than a week after he suffered a stroke that’s affected his left side.
Fessler says doctors are very pleased with Kirk’s progress.
Kirk is 52 and was in good health when he was stricken.
Doctors believe a clot developed from a tear in an artery in his neck and lodged in his brain. Doctors removed part of his skull to relieve pressure and allow the brain to swell.
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