Giffords Update….Doctor: Giffords Passes ‘Major Milestone’

Posted By on January 13, 2011

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TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has passed a “major milestone” on her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head, doctors said Thursday.

The Arizona congresswoman has been sitting up, dangling her legs on the edge of the hospital bed and moving her limbs in response to commands. That’s after she spontaneously opened her eyes during visits with her colleagues Wednesday night. She is able to lift both of her legs on command and is yawning and starting to rub her eyes, doctors said.

“She’s becoming more aware of her surroundings,” trauma chief Dr. Peter Rhee said during a news conference at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday.

The next milestone will be removing her breathing tube, and perhaps have her sit in a chair on Friday, said Rhee, who has treated soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Doctors want to make sure Giffords doesn’t regress and are watching for pneumonia and blood clots.

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