Late news from the Tribune:
The latest tests on Cook County Board President John Stroger show he had a more serious stroke earlier this week than was initially thought, his doctors said today.
Doctors said there was likely to be some permanent damage from the stroke, but it was too soon to say how much. The stroke, which occurred early Tuesday, left Stroger weak on his left side and unable to walk.
“We feel this is a serious stroke, one that is going to have some effect on him,” said Dr. Michael Kelly, the neurologist treating Stroger at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, where Stroger remains in the intensive care unit.
Doctors this afternoon said they remained optimistic about Stroger’s recovery. But when asked whether he would be able to return to the demanding job of running county government, Kelly said it was too soon to say.
The county board president has a blockage in his brain, and swelling is affecting a large area of his brain, doctors said. The result, they say, could be long-term mental or physical impairment.
But the physicians emphasized Stroger was still being evaluated, and it was too soon to determine what the long-term effects would be. They said he was breathing on his own but was being fed through a tube.
Throughout his illness, Stroger has been able to speak with doctors and his family.
UPDATE: The Sun-Times:
Simon described Stroger’s demeanor on Friday as drowsy but responsive. He spoke in some short phrases, including a “thank you” to his niece for visiting, according to Simon.
Doctors initially had hoped recovery for the county board president to take place within 20 to 30 days, but now did not expect that to happen, Simon said.
“The key thing is it’s more serious than we thought, but we’re still hopeful that we have a good recovery,” the doctor said.
He did not expect to give further updates on Stroger’s condition until sometime next week.