Kirk's family encouraged about his prognosis 

Relatives of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk say they're very encouraged by doctors' prognosis after the Illinois Republican underwent surgery following a stroke.

A Kirk staffer read a statement from the family Monday at a news conference in Chicago. The statement says family members are thankful for the good medical care the 52-year-old senator has received. They say they're also grateful for the support of friends and family.

Family members say Kirk has always been resilient and they're hopeful he'll recover.

A Chicago surgeon says Kirk suffered a stroke on the right side of his brain which controls movement of his left arm and left leg.

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