Senator Kirk Faces Paralysis After Stroke

Senator Kirk Faces Paralysis After StrokeAfter suffering from an ischemic stroke over the weekend, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is currently experiencing slight facial paralysis on the left side of his face.

As a result of the facial paralysis, Kirk’s speech is slightly slurred.

On Monday Kirk underwent surgery to relieve swelling in his brain. Doctors removed a 4-inch by 8-inch part of the senator’s skull. He is recovery quickly, but is expected to stay in intensive care for another 5-7 days.

Kirk’s surgeon says he is breathing on his own, responding to questions and asking for his BlackBerry.

Dr. Azizzadeh wishes Sen. Kirk all the best in his journey to recovery.