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Second Kirk Surgery Is a Success

Senator remains in serious but stable condition.

Further surgery on was successful late Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a statement by Dr. Richard Fessler, the neurosurgeon who has been treating the senator.

After examining Kirk today after Wednesday’s procedure, Fessler was pleased with the senator’s condition. “Upon examination this morning, the Senator was alert, responsive and gave us the thumbs up on request,” Fessler said.

The operation created more space around Kirk’s brain to prepare the senator for expected further swelling of the brain, according to Fessler. There were no complications. Kirk remains in serious but stable condition.

“We performed a common surgical procedure to create more space around the senator's brain in order to accommodate the expected peaking of swelling,” Fessler said. “The procedure removed two small pieces of tissue previously destroyed and rendered non-functional by the Senator's stroke.”

Fessler stressed there has been no change in Kirk’s neurological or physical prognosis. He does not think the additional operation will make a difference. “The procedure is unlikely to have any impact on his physical or neurological prognosis,” he said.

, according to a story in The Hill. Kirk and Manchin, who entered the Senate about the same time, have been regular lunch partners. They had planned to sit together at the State of the Union address Tuesday. Manchin left the seat open to honor Kirk.

where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck, according to a release issued Monday by Kirk’s office. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke.

Robert January 26, 2012 at 10:34 PM
That is good news! I hope he makes a speedy recovery.
D46 Resident January 27, 2012 at 01:39 AM
I hope he is thankful that he has medical insurance, something that he thinks his constituents can live without.....
Charlie January 28, 2012 at 05:45 PM
D46. What on earth possesses you to express that comment in coverage of this aspect of the Sen. Kirk story. There's no shortages of appropriate places on Patch to act insensitive. My gosh, show some respect.
fishman January 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Sen. Kirk's medical coverage comes from his service in the Military. I hope D46 doesn't have a problem with that.
D46 Resident January 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I will, when Sen Kirk and his ilk have respect for people who don't have cadillac insurance plans, people who, in his exact situation, would end up bankrupt as a result of medical bills.

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