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January 19th, 2011
08:37 PM ET

Giffords stands with assistance, may move to rehab center Friday

CNN Wire Staff

Tucson, Arizona (CNN) - Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was able to stand with assistance on Wednesday, an aide said, with her doctor adding that the congresswoman has the strength to stand on her own.

"Today we were getting her out of bed again and we were able to stand with assistance," said Dr. Peter Rhee, Tucson's University Medical Center's trauma chief. "She's got the strength to stand on her own, lift her head up and these ... I see improvements every single day."

Rhee was speaking to CNN affiliate KVOA.

Giffords' chief of staff, Pia Carusone, told CNN Wednesday that Giffords had stood Wednesday "with assistance."

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    I am beginning to feel sorry for the Gifford family by all this "positive" reporting.
    Why,my wife had aphasia = a blood only leak from a vein inside the brain. The prognosis was
    1)Right side complete immobilty 80/20 (damage
    to left side of brain) and
    2) Speech impairment, short term memory loss, and
    3)Possibly,highly likely reading and writing impairment.
    The eye opening, recognition of familiar faces,trachaeotomy removal and even walking
    around all the same for me re my wife as reported here except the one thing that matters in terms of any long term prognosis. Where did the bullet enter and where did it exit? Did the bullet pass thru brain cells and veins /arteries which would require clipping of said arteries. Or did it glance off the skull not damage the brains internal skin cover, or create any internal bleeding onto the brain?
    The only valuable and sensible reporting re Gifford is:-
    " GIFFORDS CONDITION REMAINS SERIOUS AND THE PROGNOSIS IS UNCERTAIN FOR THE TIME BEING"
    My point and DR. Gupta knows well is that if brain cells have been destroyed even by bleeding(never mind bullets) there will be some form of permanent mental impairment and possibly also physical impairment regardless of re-habilitation as the brain damage effects are irreparable.
    Please stop the "pure good news reporting"
    it will damage the family, and they clearly do
    not want you to have the actual prognosis at this time.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    January 20, 2011 at 1:39 am |
  2. Liz Morgan

    Mrs. Giffords is a model of what American politics is about. She was doing what she loves and has a passion for. Hurrah to her for listening to the voters. I understand that she can't live her life being afraid of what a crazy person could or might do. I am so happy that she is doing well. Best wishes Mrs. Giffords. My thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  3. susan schneidt

    I am so glad that Congresswoman Giffords is making such a good recovery and am thankful that she has received such excellent care. What I don't understand is why do Americans not have access to the same quality of health insurance and care that the Congresswoman is provided at taxpayers expense. We are all worthy and entitled to that, not just just the chose few.

    January 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  4. Frances Langerfeld

    Good thing for her she's got government run healthcare, unlike the rest of us who are "lucky" enough to have top of the line, American style private health care for which we pay thousands of dollars and receive nothing in return.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  5. Annie Kate

    This all sounds so very encouraging. I hope that Gifford's progress continues as it appears to be doing now and that in the not too distant future we will see her resume her role in the government. My best wishes to her and her family and my thoughts will continue to be with her.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm |