Gabrielle Giffords Has 100 Percent Chance of Survival, Says Doctor (UPDATE)


Dr. Peter Rhee, the medical director for Tucson’s University Medical Center’s trauma center, has said that Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has a “100 percent” chance of survival. [UPDATE: According to the New York Post and other sources, that’s “101 percent” — even better.]

“As a physician I’m going to get into a lot of trouble for this, but her prognosis for survival is 100 percent, as far as it being short term,” he told a British TV station, via Politico. “Hopefully she’ll live to be 95 years old.”

Meanwhile, the hospital’s chief of neurosurgery Dr. Michael Lemole said, “She’s going to take her recovery at her own pace.”

Giffords is able to breathe on her own but remains on a breathing tube to protect against complications. The Epoch Times reports that she is also able to respond to simple commands, “giving a thumbs-up sign, squeezing a thumb, and raising two fingers.”

President Obama will be in Tucson tomorrow for a memorial service for the six people killed in the shootings, including Federal Judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christina Green.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 11, 2011

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