Sen. Kirk suffers stroke, office announces
January 23rd, 2012
12:20 PM ET
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Sen. Kirk suffers stroke, office announces

(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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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Wow, he looks pretty young for a stroke but you never know with this stuff. I hope he recovers fully.

    January 23, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Good luck in your recovery.

    January 23, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  3. Imho2d

    God bless you & your family...wishing you a speedy & full recovery.

    January 23, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Sam

    Good luck to him while he recovers...On the other hand, if he is a Republican senator, and voted against any health reform(s) for this country, this would be a good time to reflect on those 44 million people who are uninsured and what would have happened if one of them had to face the same fate!

    January 23, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Best wishes for a full recovery.

    January 23, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. be well

    rest. be well.

    January 23, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. REV_Indy

    I was 33 yo when I had my stroke; pretty much the same injury as the Senator. Good luck on your recovery, Senator. I wish you all the best.

    January 23, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. dreamer96

    A bleeder is better than a clot...a clot starves the brain cells of oxygen and they die...but a bleeder keeps them alive..but will short out the brains electrical impulses..but that will come back as the blood is absorbed slowly afterwards...

    January 23, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. pat carr

    you can never be too young for a stroke. my wife had one at 39. Good wishes on your recovery senator

    January 23, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. nwtiki

    Great. Now we'll pay medical for the rest of his life as well. Like Giffords.

    January 23, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Illinois Resident

    How did he like the "death panel" he was forced to report to? Isn't that part of Obamacare? Or, was our "Socialistic" medical system very responsive and actually work very well for this rich politician? I wonder how he would have fared if he didn't have health insurance.

    January 23, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. Jason Canty

    Wow this is the guy that Endorsed Mitt, and currently holds the Seat once held by Obama.

    Creepy.... Well I hope he recovers quickly.

    January 23, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. Luther

    Sam – You hit the nail right on the head. This happens to so many people and many don't have the great health care that the Senator has.

    January 23, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Joel

    Best wishes for a full recovery, Senator. Doesn't matter what party you are in - you're a human being and we are pulling for you.

    January 23, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  15. Doug

    Good luck in your recovery...

    "Due to his young age, good health..." Apparently he wasn't in good health...

    January 23, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. alan s

    To Sam: The "On the other hand..." aspect of your comment is really not appropriate. Let's wish the man well, regardless how we feel about how he may or may not have voted on any particular bill.

    January 23, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. stars

    I hope this is a wake up call for the young sen. kirk that when ppl dont have no health care will only die. we are all god children rich or poor black or white may god bless u sen.

    January 23, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. MiketheElectrician

    A speedy recovery sir. Though I hope he gets a look at his bill and then seeks out those who had similar situations and see how they were able or not able to afford this type of procedure.

    January 23, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. CW

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Sen. Kirk.

    January 23, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. sparknut

    Best wishes for his recovery. And hopefully this will wake the Republican Senator up to the need for good health care coverage for ALL Americans.

    January 23, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. J

    I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery and can return to his post soon.

    January 23, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. Marie MD

    @Sam, you are 100% right. It must be nice to walk into a hospital knowing full well that you will get the best of care and, since you are a member of congress, that you will have it until then you die.
    We had a rep from MD, andy harris a doctor, no less, who had a fit when hen realized that he had to wait 30 days for his medical insurance to kick in! He voted to repeal the present health care legislation.

    January 23, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Sam

    TO Alan S: Yep...I do wish him well...but the rest of what I said after "on the other hand" is still very much true!

    January 23, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  24. DP

    @Sam...Those 44 million could have checked themselves into a hospital and received the same care. It is against the law for hospitals to turn away patients regardless of insurance or the ability to pay. With the health care law, I will be forced to change my coverage. I enjoy keeping just a critical illness policy and paying out of pocket for my yearly checkups. The law says I have to maintain a minimum coverage for stuff I do not use or need. The end result is I will be forced to pay much more for health insurance just to compensate for those who can't pay for it.

    January 23, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Ann

    I I wish Senator Kirk well. I just want to hear from all of the Republicans that have been complaining that Rep. Giffords didn't resign immediately. It is strange that this happened on the very day that she announces her retirement and gets ripped by the many cold-hearted conservatives. Bring it on boys and girls.

    January 23, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
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