Saturday, March 12, 2011

Congresswoman Giffords walk and talk but can not remember who was shot

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, injured on Jan. 8 after being shot in the head in the shooting that killed six in Tucson (Arizona), is able to walk without assistance and speaking relatively smoothly, according to the doctors today announced that serving in the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.

"It is evolving better than expected," admitted Dr. Gerard Francisco, leading the medical team for rehabilitation. "We really have a conversation with her," he said on his part, Kim Dong neurosurgeon. Giffords not remember though that was shot. "Her husband and we'll have explained and seems to have understood," added Kim.

The congressman does not know yet that there were six deaths and ignore the name of the murderer, Jared Lee Loughna, which this week has pleaded not guilty of 49 charges against him. Improving the congressman is such that doctors have allowed his family to the move to Cape Canaveral to watch the launch of space shuttle Endeavour, which will fly her husband, Mark Kelly.

"I have every intention that she might be at the launch," said the astronaut, who is preparing for Endeavour's last mission on 19 April. The doctors confirmed that Gabrielle Giffords in any case remain in hospital in Houston for at least another two months. There will be probably practiced the operation of the relocation of the skull bone was removed (to relieve inflammation of the brain) and that remains frozen in the hospital of the University of Tucson.

Doctors have yet to decide on this option or that of inserting an artificial implant. Giffords and definitely came off the ventilator last week. "It was a very significant and she was very pleased to be able to breathe normally now," said Dr. Imogele Aisiku. "His short-term memory has improved," said Dr.

Kim. "You can repeat everything you say. And that means a lot from the neurological point of view, because it means that the brain areas where the primary language is regulated are intact." "He has also won considerable freedom of movement," concluded Dr. Francisco. "He can do many things alone and increasingly needs less help." The doctors insisted that progress has been "extraordinary" when it just turned two months since the shooting that, despite all the media coverage has not had the least political impact in Washington, where Giffords's seat is still empty.

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