Posted on January 17, 2011 · Posted in Brain Injury

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is continuing to make what doctors call miraculous progress after being shot in the head, and will be on her way to a rehabilitation facility soon, according to press reports Monday.

Giffords’ relatives have already started the hunt for a rehab center for the congresswoman, who was shot in a Jan. 8 massacre at a Tuscon where six people were killed and 14 were injured, her neurosurgeon said during a press conference Monday.

She is doing so well she could be ready to move to a rehab center in anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

Giffords is continuing to show hopeful signs that her cognitive abilities weren’t destroyed when she was shot through the head by her alleged assailant Jared Loughner. For example, she has smiled at her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, and even rubbed his back for 10 minutes.

During the weekend doctors operated on Giffords’ right eye socket, which was injured when the bullet that went though her skull pushed pieces of bone into that eye. Surgeons mended the right eye by putting titanium mesh in it.

It’s still not known what kind of vision she will have in that eye, just as it isn’t known yet how much her head wounds will be affecting her brain function.

Over the weekend doctors at University Medical Center in Tucson took Giffords off a ventilator and removed a breathing tube from her mouth, replacing it with one that goes right into her windpipe.

On Monday it was also revealed that Arizona has a statute that says if a public official ceases to “discharge the duties of office for the period of three consecutive months”  that office can be considered vacant, to be filled by a special election. But no one knows what are considered “duties” under the law.    


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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
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