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Kirk Has Gall Bladder Removed

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:45:35 CST
By: AP

Sen. Mark Kirk has had his gallbladder removed. The Highland Park Republican's office released a statement saying Kirk experienced stomach pains over the weekend and doctors determined he had gallstones. The office said he underwent surgery this morning. The 54-year-old Kirk returned to Congress last year after suffering a stroke in January 2012 that left him partially paralyzed on his left side. Kirk spokesman Lance Trover says the senator will miss votes in Washington this week before Congress breaks for holiday recess. Trover says these are the first votes Kirk has missed since his return. Officials at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital say Kirk underwent a ``minimally invasive'' procedure that took 30 minutes. There were no complications.   A spokeswoman said the senator is resting comfortably

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