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Kirk's family expresses appreciation of support

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By Associated Press

The family of U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is expressing its appreciation of the support it has received since the Highland Park Republican suffered a debilitating stroke.

In a statement released late Tuesday, the family said members are overwhelmed by the support received from President Obama, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The family says it is "truly blessed to have such amazing family and friends."

Kirk's stroke over the weekend affected movement of his left arm and his face. Surgeons removed a piece of his skull Sunday to alleviate pressure from swelling.

Doctors say Kirk is expected to make a full mental recovery but may not regain full movement, even after a long rehabilitation.

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