(CNN) - The office of Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk announced on Monday that the first term senator checked himself into a Illinois hospital Saturday and was diagnosed with a stroke.
"On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck," a spokesperson for the Senator said in a statement. "He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke.
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"Early this morning the Senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke. 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."
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Senator Kirk has distinguished himself in serving our state as a congressman and now as a senator. While I do not share many of his politics, he is still my senator and I wish him the best of luck in his recovery.
Unlike some of the other posters, I have no problem supporting his health care with my taxes; like most loyal Americans I am proud to pay my fair share.
Shame on those who choose this event to vent their political rage of the problems of health care, and God Bless Senator Kirk.
I'd say a poor person walking into a hospital DOES NOT get the same treatment as a politician.
And WE pay their insurance while they take money from insurance companies to keep our rates so high that we can't pay anything else. Put them in the same boat. Give them $24000 per year and make them pay their own insurance fees. Then we'll get true medical reform. Not before.
How long is Kirk going to be out of commission? When Giffords announced that she was stepping down from congress every conservative hack posted hate comments saying how her district hasn't been represented for the last year and how much taxpayer money she has wasted.
If Kirk is out for more than one week he should step down. This should be the new standard. I had a stroke at 44 and believe me he is not going to be doing Illinois business for about 4 months. He needs to step down immediately.
Good luck, Senator. Whatever decision you make concerning your continuing in the Senate is up to you and your family. As a Liberal Democrat, I hope whatever choice you make will be in the best interests of the people of Illinois, not in the best interest of the Senate Republicans.