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Jan142011

Tucson Doctors Hail Congresswoman Giffords' Continued Progress

Photo Courtesy - Bill Clark/Roll Call via Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Doctors at Tucson’s University Medical Center said Thursday the prognosis for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ recovery from a bullet wound to the head continues to be encouraging.

Chief trauma specialist Dr. Peter Rhee said that Giffords, who was shot at close range last Saturday at a meet-and-greet event she hosted, “is doing some fairly specific things with her left hand.  She is yawning.  She is starting to rub her eyes.”  He added that movement in her right was only slight.

Dr. Michael Lemole, who heads the neurosurgery department, told reporters that Giffords is able to move both her legs on command.

Given that the bullet allegedly fired by accused 22-year-old gunman Jared Lee Loughner passed through the congresswoman’s brain front to back, Rhee and Lemole admitted that Giffords' recovery has thus far been remarkable.

There have been no major setbacks, such as increased brain swelling, since the Jan. 8 shootings that left six people dead and 14 wounded.  On Wednesday afternoon, the Democratic lawmaker opened her eyes for the first time since her surgery last Saturday.

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