Illinois Senator Kirk to Return a Year After Stroke
Dr. Elliot Roth, medical director at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's New Patient Recovery Unit, said it's estimated only one-third of stroke patients return to work. Kirk has been participating in a medical study that involves intense walking therapy. Roth said Kirk's return to the Senate can be highly motivational for others who have suffered strokes.
Kirk was elected to the Senate in 2010. His stroke in January 2012 severely limited movement on his left side and affected his speech, though doctors expected him to make a full mental recovery.
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