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January 14th, 2011
04:45 PM ET

Giffords making more progress, doctors say

CNN Wire Staff

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition but is continuing to make progress, doctors at Tucson's University Medical Center said Friday.

Giffords is one of four victims of last Saturday's massacre still hospitalized at the center, according to Dr. Peter Rhee, the hospital's medical director for trauma. The other three patients are now in good condition, he said.

"We're confident (Giffords) is making progress now," said Dr. Michael Lemole, the hospital's chief of neurosurgery. She is "beginning to carry out a more complex sequence" of activity.

She is making "all the right moves," he noted. "We couldn't have hoped for anything better given the severity of (her) injury."

Giffords' husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, said earlier that doctors could remove the congresswoman's breathing tube as early as Friday.

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