Kirk Meets Almost Daily With Staff
First post-stroke picture of senator released.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Highland Park) is meeting almost every day with his staff to discuss business and continues to be fully engaged in therapy, according a statement today from Richard L. Harvey, the physician treating him at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
“He is mentally sharp and meets with his staff nearly every day to discuss policy issues and global current events,” Harvey said. “Kirk remains fully engaged in all aspects of his rehabilitation program.”
Kirk has walked more than 10 miles since he arrived at the Rehabilitation Institute and continues to put strenuous effort into his therapy. He is doing exercises to increase his strength and mobility. “He is climbing stairs and getting in and out of vehicles,” Harvey said. “We are quite pleased with his ongoing recovery."
According to Harvey, Kirk will soon begin participating in a research trial to help improve his gait through an intense regimen of continuous walking over flat surfaces, on stairs and on a treadmill every day.
In the last few weeks questions have been raised about the progress of Kirk’s recovery and the public’s right to know, according to a report on ABC news. The story indicated no information was being offered by his doctors or his office.
Kirk continues to recover at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago from a stroke suffered Jan. 21.