January 02, 2013


Kirk Talks About His Stroke for the First Time

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) gave his first in-depth interview to the Daily Herald since he suffered a massive stroke nearly a year ago.

"Awakening from what he says might have been a dream, a side effect of medication or a near-death experience, Kirk found himself lying in a hospital bed in Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, hooked up to monitors and tubes. He had no way of immediately knowing what had transpired in the days after he suffered an ischemic stroke on Jan. 21, 2012; that doctors had put him in a coma and performed several surgeries, temporarily removing a 4-by-8 inch portion of skull to allow his brain to swell and heal."

The Chicago Tribune reports Kirk "is expected to make a dramatic return to Congress on Thursday, perhaps walking up the Capitol steps."










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