Gabrielle Giffords Responding To Commands From Doctors

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 11, 2011

Arizona US representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head this past Saturday during a shooting spree by a 22 year old man, is now responding to commands from her doctors, according to reports. Giffords was initially in critical condition, but so far, she seems to have made it out live by a chance of miracle perhaps. However, six people were left for dead during the shooting and nearly 17 were injured.

The chief of neurosurgery at University Medical Center in Tucson, Dr Michael Lemole, told a reputed media source that the doctors at the hospital are encouraged by Gabrielle Giffords’ condition. A source, close to the hospital reported that the doctors had to undertake a brain surgery to remove the bullet. The doctors told that Gabrielle Giffords is lucky to be alive but they said that the Congresswoman would take months to recover. Dr Peter Rhee of University Medical Center told that when the bullet goes into the brain, the chances of living is very less and he is happy that Gabrielle Giffords is able to communicate.

Gabrielle Giffords remained on ventilator after she was admitted to hospital. The doctors, at the press conference told that they had to undertake a surgery within 38 minutes of her arrival in the hospital as her condition was serious. Doctors said that they had to remove half of her skull to get the bullet out and cure her from the devastating wound. However, though the doctors said that Gabrielle Giffords is responding to commands but her condition is critical and she is in a medically induced coma now. On the other hand, FBI director Robert Mueller has been called to investigate this gory incident of Arizona shooting. Assailant Jared Lee Loughner has been arrested and accused of shooting nearly 17 people.

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