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TUCSON, Ariz. – Doctors said Monday that Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' had given a thumbs up sign and tried to grab her breathing tube — heartening developments two days after surgery for a gunshot wound to the head.

Dr. Peter Rhee said surgeons had seen many encouraging signs. On Sunday and Monday, Giffords was able to respond to a verbal command by raising two fingers with her left hand.

"When she did that, we were having a party in there," Rhee said. And even while sedated, she has reached for her breathing tube. "That's a purposeful movement. That's a great thing. She's always grabbing for the tube," Rhee said.

Also, while her brain remains swollen, the pressure isn't increasing — a good sign for the congresswoman's recovery.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Lemole of Tucson's University Medical Center said swelling from such an injury typically peaks around the third day, so doctors "can breathe a collective sigh of relief" after reaching that point on Tuesday.


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 4:15 PM on Jan. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Thank you- This is a horrible injury to overcome. My hope is that she heals and progresses to having a purposeful life-


    Answer by Sisteract at 4:19 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Good news. Thank you for posting.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:17 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Good news =)

    Answer by TARARENEE at 4:17 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • thanks for posting that. I hope she recovers 100%.

    Answer by kerp1960 at 4:25 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Awesome :)

    Answer by brandyj at 5:03 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 4:16 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • My family is praying for her.

    Answer by miasmommy21407 at 4:42 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Thanks for sharing. I've been thinking of her and have hopes for a full recovery.

    Answer by parrishsky at 4:44 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Great

    Answer by tnmomofive at 4:51 PM on Jan. 10, 2011

  • Good news!

    Answer by pam19 at 5:26 PM on Jan. 10, 2011