Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) remains in “serious but stable” condition in a Chicago-area hospital after undergoing a second procedure Wednesday night to relieve additional swelling associated with a stroke he suffered last weekend.
A statement from Northwestern Memorial Hospital made on behalf of Kirk’s neurosurgeon Richard Fessler indicated that the “common procedure” will likely not have an effect on his mental or physical prognosis.
“Upon examination this morning, the Senator was alert, responsive and gave us the thumbs up on request,” Fessler said in the statement.
The procedure involved removing two small pieces of tissue impacted and rendered non-functional by Kirk’s stroke, and “was completed successfully and without complication,” according to the hospital.
Kirk, 52, suffered a stroke over the weekend as a result of a torn carotid artery. He underwent a first surgery Monday in which doctors temporarily removed a 4-inch-by-8-inch piece of his skull to relieve the pressure caused by brain swelling.
On Tuesday, doctors indicated the Illinois Republican likely would spend another week in the intensive care unit. The hospital’s statement did not say whether the Senator’s second procedure affects that timeline.
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.