Giffords came through surgery well

Representative Giffords underwent surgery to repair her eye socket.  Right eye socket.  Supposedly the shot was through and through the left side of the brain.

I guess another interesting piece of the puzzle is that additional surgery is planned for many months down the road, according to the neurosurgeons at University of Arizona Tucson.


Giffords Came Through Eye Socket Surgery Well, Doctors Say


Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) — U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head Jan. 8 in Arizona, has responded well to surgery to repair her right eye socket, doctors said.

Bone fragments were successfully removed through an incision just above her eyebrow during an operation on Jan. 15 to relieve brain pressure, Dr. Michael Lemole, the chief of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, said today at a press conference.

“Within a few hours of the surgery, she was waking up and through the weekend she came back to the same level of interaction she’s been having with us,” Lemole said. “That’s all very good.”

“We are hoping to continue tying up those loose ends and get her ready for that third phase of her care — rehabilitation,” including additional procedures to repair more skull damage that’s “many months down the road,” Lemole said.

Giffords began breathing without a ventilator on Jan. 15 as doctors took out the breathing tube that had run down her throat and replaced it with a tracheotomy tube in her windpipe. Surgeons also inserted a feeding tube.

“This decreases the risk of infection,” trauma surgeon Dr. Randall Friese said today. “She tolerated those procedures well.”

Prior to the operation, doctors said Giffords, a 40-year- old Arizona Democrat, was making major strides in her recovery, opening her eyes and beginning physical therapy. She is able to communicate and move her legs on command, they said.

The Jan. 8 shooting attack, allegedly by Jared Loughner, killed six people and wounded 13.

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2 thoughts on “Giffords came through surgery well

  1. I don’t believe that is accurate. I think crazy people will do as crazy people will do. Supposedly, Jared Loughner planned this out. Yes, congress on your corner is supposed to bring congress down to the people’s level so that they can talk. It was sad that the little girl died. There is no excuse for Jared Loughner’s actions that day.

  2. There are endless news reports of the threats made prior to the event with Giffords taking no action to secure the event she staged. Had it not been for Gifford’s presence on that day, there would be no dead people or victims that day. I believe she actually needs to receive the death penalty for her crimes, but it may more likely be something like involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault on multiple counts.

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