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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Sen. Mark Kirk heads home to continue recovery

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is heading home to continue his recovery from a stroke he suffered in January.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). (Brian Kersey - Getty Images)
A statement released Thursday by his office said the senator “has progressed to the point where he can move home with his family. He will continue to work on his recovery as an out-patient at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. He has begun a rigorous walking study program to further his mobility and independence while maintaining his schedule with staff.”

“We are grateful for the wonderful doctors and personnel at the RIC for their care of Mark, and to the residents of Illinois who have given him privacy and time to heal,” the statement added. “We also thank everyone who has shared their prayers and wishes for his return to the U.S. Senate as soon as possible.”

Kirk’s office last week released a photo of the senator, who doctors said is “mentally sharp” and meeting with his staff everyday.

In January Kirk checked himself into a hospital, and doctors later discovered he had suffered an ischemic stroke, which occurs when an obstruction in an artery prevents blood flow to the brain.

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