A Miracle? Gabrielle Giffords Is Communicating With Her Family

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 15, 2011

As you all know, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head last Saturday morning in Tucson, Arizona. The Congresswoman is said to be gradually recuperating from the injuries that she sustained at last week’s shooting rampage in Arizona. Doctors at the University Medical Center told reporters on Thursday that the U.S. Representative is able to keep her eyes open for about 15 minutes at a time and is also able to move her legs and hands, even though she is facing a little difficulty in moving her right hand. The best part of her treatment is that not only is she being able to open her eyes, she is also successful in communicating with her family members.

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The family members of Gabrielle Giffords have asked her very specific things and she is using her hand to communicate with them, as told by Dr. Michael Lemole, a neurosurgeon at Tucson’s University Medical Center. The same opinion has also been given by another surgeon who had operated on the congresswoman. The doctors reported that the manner in which she is communicating with her family members is a clear indication that she has a good deal of cognitive functioning. Dr. Michael Lemole said that Gabrielle Giffords first opened her eyes on Wednesday evening when her family members and some of her colleagues from the Congress were present near her bedside in the medical center. The doctors say that she must have had the feeling of someone familiar around her, which made her open her eyes and look around.

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It is a joint opinion of the doctors that Gabrielle Giffords communication with her family members is a very important step towards her recovery. The Congresswoman opened her eyes once again on Wednesday in response to a television footage that was being played which was telecasting President Barack Obama’s speech at the Tucson memorial.


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