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Kirk Meeting With Staff Regularly, Doc Says

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    Sen. Mark Kirk's doctor said Friday he continues to be pleased with the progress the senator has made after having an ischemic stroke.

    "Sen. Kirk remains fully engaged in his rehabilitation program, and he is demonstrating continued improvements in his mobility for day-to-day activities. He has been meeting with his staff regularly and has welcomed visits from close friends and family," said Dr. Richard L. Harvey, the medical director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Stroke Rehabilitation.

    Illinois' junior senator was transferred to the RIC last month after spending more than two weeks in the intensive care unit of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

    In January, Kirk had an ischemic stroke on the righ side of his brain that required emergency surgery to remove a 4-inch by 8-inch portion of his skull to allow for brain swelling. That skull portion has since been replaced.

    While there may be some permanent physical consequences, Kirk's doctors are optimistic about the senator's mental recovery.