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January 27th, 2011
11:57 AM ET

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords still progressing at 'lightning speed'

Doctors of Representative Gabrielle Giffords said that she is still progressing at "lightning speed" at a press conference yesterday afternoon. Giffords left intensive care for the first time yesterday. A major milestone in her road to recovery. Giffords will continue her long-term recovery at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas where Dr. Gerard Francisco is Chief Medical Officer. He talks with Kiran Chetry about Giffords' speech and physical rehabilitation.

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  1. alumette

    Jim Brady recovered well from his injury in terms of cognition and intellect but he had lost his speech and ability to walk. That was decades ago. His wife stood by him as he slowly progressed and is able to be a loving member of his family. That is a good ending. Different than he was, for sure but his family is happy to have him around.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
  2. alumette

    As much as everyone wants to see her back in Congress, that expectation or hope is totally unrealistic. If you watch carefully the responses of the physicians, they are very guarded. The fact that she shows response and improvement is great compared to many other brain injury patients who just lay there. She has a missing tract of brain tissue where the bullet traveled and it was a large one, dime diameter wise. We know that the healthy brain tissue can pick up functions dead brain tissue used to have so she can learn to talk if her speech centers were destroyed. It will be a long recovery and I hope she will be able to walk . Not sure about her right arm. In terms of being the old Gabby again; that one is gone. She will be a different Gabby. I hear stem cells treatments are beneficial for brain injuries. I would hope they try them.

    February 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  3. Barb

    She remains in my thoughts and prayers. I too hope she can utilize this experience when she returns to Congress to do more for all Americans! Gun owners (legitimate ones), TBI sufferers, mentally ill and the constituents she serves.

    She is a leader we can all be proud of.

    God bless you and we wish you the best!

    January 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  4. Steve Kornman

    Comment from :hernandezusa January 27th, 2011 12:02 pm ET

    Glad she is doing better.

    After gets free from the hospital, she should stay home with her family and leave the office of congress.
    Response: Your ignorance and blind comments are typical of under educated and bigoted people. Giffords seat is hers until she decides otherwise.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  5. Ernie

    Being a brain injury survivor I am glad to see she is doing well. I just wish help was there for people like myself . You have a brain injury you might as well be dead. You become one of the forgotten ones. There is no help for you . I hope when she recovers she will return to work she will fight for we regular people with brain injuries . I suffered mine 5 years ago yesterday . still struggle to get by just stuck in wheelchair all day . Hoping i can find help or even answers as to why?

    January 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  6. hernandezusa

    Glad she is doing better.

    After gets free from the hospital, she should stay home with her family and leave the office of congress.

    January 27, 2011 at 12:02 pm |