‘giffords reaches ‘major milestone’ in recovery’

Washington Post: Doctors treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Thursday she has reached “a major milestone” medically with her ability to open her eyes and seemingly respond to her surroundings as she recovers….

In a news conference … the doctors said they were pleased that Giffords opened her unbandaged left eye “spontaneously” Wednesday night in response to the presence of friends from Congress….

G. Michael Lemole Jr., the hospital’s chief neurosurgeon, and Peter Rhee, the head of emergency care, said Giffords since then has also been able to sit on the edge of her bed and dangle her legs over the side, move both of her arms and legs and open both of her eyes.

“This is a major leap forward,” Lemole said. “This is a major milestone for her, and we’re hoping she crosses through many more.” Rhee said Giffords, 40, is “becoming more and more alert . . . and she’s making much more spontaneous movements as we have completely stopped all the medications that might blunt her mental status.”

“She’s starting to become aware of her surroundings,” Lemole said. “And that’s a very important step on her next move forward.”

…Giffords, who remains in critical condition, is one of five wounded patients who were still at the hospital Thursday morning. Rhee said four others are in fair condition. One is having surgery, and another is being discharged Thursday, he said. “Everybody is making fantastic forward progress,” Rhee said.

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6 Responses to “‘giffords reaches ‘major milestone’ in recovery’”

  1. 1 Theo67
    January 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Her recovery so far is truly miraculous. I really believe this is because of all the positive energy to counteract the negative event.

    On a side note, it’s interesting that the article says the TV was possibly tuned to the President’s address… And she opened her eyes just after the Obamas visited. The power of positive energy?

  2. 2 majii
    January 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I hope the rw media participants are reading this article since their new claim is that PBO lied about Congresswoman Giffords opening her eye on yesterday. It’s a shame when we have people in our country who call our president a liar simply because they don’t like him. This is a strong conformation of what PBO said last night coming straight from the mouths of Drs. Rhee and Lemole, the experts. If they say that she can open both eyes and sit up, I believe it!

    • 3 Theo67
      January 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      They are so full of hate that it just slips out of them, even when commenting about a memorial service where the President implored them to live up to the expecations of a nine year old’s optimism. I think they are without hope.

  3. 4 Fred
    January 13, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    THANK YOU GOD for the continued recovery of Gabby Giffords and the other victims 🙂

    I was happy last when our President let us know she had opened her eyes but to hear the doctors today give a lot more details on her recovery left me speechless and even more thankful 😀

  4. 6 vitaminlover
    January 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Praise God!

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