Almost a year after suffering a major stroke, United States Senator Mark Kirk is returning to work.
Kirk is expected to return to Washington this week. The Republican has spent the last year recovering from a January 2012 stroke that left him with severely limited movement on his left side and affected speech.
Part of Kirk's recovery included a medical study that involved intense walking therapy. According to Dr. Elliot Roth of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's New Patient Recovery Unit, only about one-third of stroke victims return to work.
Kirk was elected to the Senate by the state of Illinois in 2010.