United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) suffered a stroke on January 21st. He told an internist that he was “seeing white flecks, numbness in his left arm and unusual sensations in his left leg”.
Kirk underwent a successful three-hour surgery to remove a piece of his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain. However, Dr. Richard Fessler’s was prognosis on a recovery was mixed.
When Dr. Fessler was asked about Senator Kirk making a full mental recovery, Fessler stated there was a “good probability” of it. However, the prospect of a full physical recovery was “not good”
Fessler said the stroke will affect Kirk’s “ability to move his left arm, possibly his left leg and possibly will involve some facial paralysis. Fortunately, the stroke was not on the left side of his brain, in which case it would affect his ability to speak, understand and think.”
Dr. Fessler said the cause of the stroke was ” tearing of a carotid artery that stopped blood flow to the right side of his brain, leading to an ischemic stroke”