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Get well soon, Mark Kirk

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, the Illinois Republican, has UNDERGONE SURGERY after suffering a stroke over the weekend.

At first, I was hoping that Kirk had experienced just a transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is sometimes called a “mini-stroke.” A TIA is no trivial matter, but most victims survive to lead normal lives.  I had one of those things myself 25 years ago, and I bounced back fairly quickly without surgery or any permanent impairment.

Kirk’s episode, however, seems to have been more serious, although not as bad as it could have been.

 

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  1. Get well, soon, Mark.

    Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., likely faces permanent physical damage and a long-term cognitive recovery after successful surgery for a stroke, doctors said Monday.
    Neurosurgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago said parts of Kirk’s brain are permanently damaged.
    “The prospects for his full physical recovery, particularly on the left side of his body, are not great,” said Dr. Richard Fessler, a neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial.
    The stroke may also result in “some facial paralysis,” Fessler added, with Kirk maybe recovering use of his left leg, but “the use of his left arm is going to be very difficult.”
    Fessler said that Kirk’s “prospects for a full mental recovery are pretty good.”
    “Senator Kirk’s job is cerebral, and I believe the functions required to do his job are going to be fine,” he added.

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/sen-kirk-likely-faces-permanent-physical-damage-20120123

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