Mark Kirk's condition upgraded to 'good,' as senator watches Super Bowl and meets with family

February 6, 2012

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Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk has been upgraded to "good condition" a little more than two weeks after suffering a stroke, according to his neurosurgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Richard Fessler.

"He is visiting with family and even watched the Super Bowl last night," Fesser said in a four-sentence email Monday afternoon, the first update in a week.

Illinois' other U.S. senator, Dick Durbin, said earlier on Monday that he has not been invited to visit Kirk in the hospital, but has sent notes. Durbin said he also met with Kirk's staff in Washington, DC, pledging to help however he can.

"Mark Kirk is going to be back. He is young. He is strong. This is a tough challenge, but I have every confidence that he'll be returning to the United States Senate and will be fully productive," Durbin told reporters.

Fessler said Kirk is making good progress in his recovery, and he anticipates the senator will be able to start rehabilitation soon.

Long-term, the doctor has said Kirk is likely to have trouble regaining full use of the left side of his body, and memory issues are possible.

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