Illinois Senator Mark Kirk is reportedly undergoing surgery after suffering a stroke over the weekend.
A spokesperson for Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) today released the following statement regarding the Senator’s medical condition:
“On Saturday, Senator Kirk checked himself into Lake Forest Hospital, where doctors discovered a carotid artery dissection in the right side of his neck. He was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, where further tests revealed that he had suffered an ischemic stroke. Early this morning the Senator underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain stemming from the stroke. The surgery was successful. Due to his young age, good health and the nature of the stroke, doctors are very confident in the Senator’s recovery over the weeks ahead.”
In 2010, Sen. Kirk was elected to the Senate seat left vacant after Obama was elected President.
The 52-year-old Senator resides in Highland Park, and recently endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.