Kirk climbs Capitol steps, returns to Senate after stroke

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly a year after suffering a major stroke, Senator Mark Kirk is getting back to work in Washington.

The Highland Park Republican climbed 45 steps outside the U.S. Capitol Building this morning.  His doctors say it was really a journey to give hope to others.

Kirk’s neurosurgeon, Dr. Richard Fessler of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and medical personnel from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago were on hand in Washington to witness the climb.

Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Dick Durbin and Congressman Bobby Rush were among dozens of colleagues and supporters who cheered Kirk as he climbed the steps.

Kirk took several pauses as he made his way up the stairs, stopping to wave and at one point yelling to the crowd, “Let’s get to work guys!”

Kirk missed the last 12 months in the Senate as he recovered in Chicago from the stroke he suffered in January of 2012.

His doctors say, to get to this point is tremendous.  They say his recovery is mental, as well as physical.

The doctors say when he began his recovery Kirk was barely able to balance himself.  Now he can walk almost by himself with the help of a cane.

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  • Andrew

    Congratulations! Politics aside, as an Illinois resident I am very proud that my Senator overcame such adversity after his stroke. It proves to me that the 54 steps I battle in my life can be concurred despite my own setbacks. May God bless you Senator Kirk.

  • Theresa Markham

    my husband just spent 6 weeks in the RIC (sometimes we even saw Sen. Kirk) and we can't tell you enough how amazing this hospital is. I firmly believe EVERY Rehabilitation hospital should be operating at this standard. I look forward to watching their innovations continue to develop and to dramatically enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

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  • Wendy

    This is the kind of good news we need to hear. Great job, Senator. And great to know RIC is getting such good recommendations.