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Kirk "Fully Engaged" in Rehabilitation, Docs Say



    Sen. Mark Kirk continues to show progress as he undergoes rehabiliation for an ischemic stroke, his caregivers said Friday.

    "Senator Kirk is fully engaged in his rehabilitation program and making improvements in walking and other activities," said Dr. Richard L. Harvey, Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Stroke Rehabilitation in a written statement.

    Kirk was transferred to the RIC earlier this month after spending more than two weeks in the intensive care unit of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

    The junior senator from Illinois last month 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.