Tucson — Doctors treating Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Sunday that she is able to respond to simple commands.
“We are very encouraged by that,” said Dr. Michael Lemole, Jr., chief of neurosurgery at the University Medical Center in Tuscon, Arizona. “I am cautiously optimistic.”
Giffords, who was shot in the head at point blank range during a voter meet-and-greet remains in critical condition and is so far unable to speak.
12:19 P.M. Doctor: Giffords is able to communicate
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A surgeon at the University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., says Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is able to communicate.
Dr. Michael Lemole said at a news conference on Sunday that Giffords responded to doctors’ commands.
11:00 A.M. Critical Condition
TUCSON, Ariz. — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in critical condition Sunday as investigators attempted to understand what motivated a gunman’s shooting rampage that killed six and as investigators asked for the public’s help in finding a possible accomplice who was still at large.
University Medical Center spokeswoman Darci Slaten told The Associated Press that Giffords remained sedated after undergoing a two-hour surgery Saturday and has not been conscious since the shooting. She said more information will be released at a news conference in which one of the doctors who operated on Giffords plans to speak.
Saturday June 8, 2011
Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and 17 others were shot here on Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire outside a supermarket where Ms. Giffords was meeting with constituents for a “Congress on Your Corner” event.
Ms. Giffords, 40, was described as being in very critical condition at the University Medical Center in Tucson, where she was operated on by a team of neurosurgeons. One of the surgeons said that she had been shot once in the head, “through and through,” with the bullet going through her brain.