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Rep. Giffords speaks for first time since shooting
Associated Press ^ | 2-9-11 | AMANDA LEE MYERS

Posted on 02/09/2011 11:45:55 AM PST by Justaham

Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke for the first time since she was shot in the forehead, her spokesman said Wednesday, yet another significant milestone in her recovery from a traumatic brain injury.

Giffords spoke first several days ago and is speaking "more and more," spokesman C.J. Karamargin said Wednesday. He didn't know what her first words were, but said at breakfast one morning she asked for toast.

"She's working very hard and it's paying off," he told The Associated Press. "We're elated at this. We always knew Gabby is a fighter and that she's not going to let this thing win. And you know, every day is proof of that."

Six people, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge, were killed in the attack outside a grocery store where Giffords was meeting with constituents. Thirteen people, including Giffords, were injured.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Giffords' husband Mark Kelly said his wife had her appetite back and was eating three times a day, "even though it's hospital food."

"It is hard to believe that only one month has passed since Gabrielle was shot," he wrote. "The doctors say she is recovering at lightning speed considering her injury but they aren't kidding when they say this is a marathon process."

He said "there are encouraging signs every day," pointing to her renewed appetite.

"Your prayers are being heard, so don't stop," he wrote.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: giffords; giffordsstatus
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To: Justaham

I hope she gets better ASAP. That said, I don’t think we are getting the truth about her, and probably never will. Even if she were to not be well enough to resume her duties, she would, if the Dems can help it. They have been a disgrace throughout this process and I blame Obama especially, for letting it go on.


51 posted on 02/10/2011 2:42:57 AM PST by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Justaham


Rep. Giffords speaks for first time since shooting

Prayers for the continued recovery for the good lady.

While I don’t even “play a doctor on TV”, I do think the MDs should
have been more restrained on Giffords’ pace of recovery. I fear people
think she’ll be back debating on the floor of the House very soon.
If she ever does stage such a magnificent recovery, I will stand and applaud.
But I admit I’m am a born skeptic-in-the-heart.
Here’s hoping I’m proved wrong in a major way.

Maybe she’ll make a comeback like the soldier in the closing (IIRC)
episode of “Band of Brothers” that got a head wound from a drunken soldier
after killing a Brit and other soldier(s).
Seeing Spiers (sp?) push a German neurosurgeon to treat and save the soldier
is a lesson in how to save a comrade. Sometimes you’ve got to seriously
compel a physician.
And you might need to use a 1911 .45 caliber pistol to compel the doctor a bit.


52 posted on 02/10/2011 3:35:02 AM PST by VOA
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To: JRandomFreeper
Head injuries are tough
53 posted on 02/10/2011 6:24:44 AM PST by pabianice
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