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Kirk Thanks Medical Team

The 52-year-old senator had a stroke in January



    Senator Mark Kirk, who has been recovering from a stroke he suffered in January, released a statement Friday thanking his doctors and constituents.

    The 52-year-old senator also told the public just how many steps he has been taking to recovery: 3,677 a day, on average, during a research trial.

    "I am grateful to Dr. George Hornby, the physical therapists, and other personnel of the walking research trial at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago for helping me to advance my mobility and independence over the past nine weeks." he said. "As I move into a new phase of outpatient rehabilitation for occupational and physical therapy, I will continue to work hard in order to regain my strength."

    Kirk has been recovering at his home since May. He checked himself in to Lake Forest Hospital in January.

    "Every day is a challenge but I am committed to providing you with updates on my rehabilitation and my work on behalf of Illinois in the United States Senate," he said. "Thank you to all of you who continue to send their prayers and messages of support, I am honored to serve and look forward to returning as soon as possible."