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Update on Senator Mark Kirk

Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012
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“Senator Kirk remains fully engaged in all aspects of his rehabilitation program.  He is mentally sharp, and meets with his staff nearly every day to discuss policy issues and global current events"

Dr. Richard L. Harvey, Medical Director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Center for Stroke Rehabilitation today provided the following update on Senator Mark Kirk’s condition:

 

“Senator Kirk remains fully engaged in all aspects of his rehabilitation program.  He is mentally sharp, and meets with his staff nearly every day to discuss policy issues and global current events.  Senator Kirk is working very hard in daily therapy sessions to increase his strength and mobility, and has walked more than 10 miles in total since his arrival at RIC.  In addition he is climbing stairs and getting in and out of vehicles. We are quite pleased with his ongoing recovery."

 

Additionally, Senator Kirk will soon begin participating in a unique research trial at RIC that will last several weeks.  The trial is focused on improving gait pattern through an intense regimen of continuous walking over flat surfaces, on stairs and on a treadmill every day. One of more than 200 research projects at RIC, the trial is open to participants who are one to six months post-stroke and not yet back to their pre-stroke walking pace.

 

To read more about the research trial, click here.

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