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LA Times: Gabrielle Giffords' condition continues to improve, doctor says


Giffords opened her eyes after he visited her, President Obama says. She is making 'spontaneous movements' such as feeling her wounds and adjusting her hospital gown, says Dr. Peter Rhee of University Medical Center.

January 13, 2011- President Obama said that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords opened her eyes Wednesday shortly after he visited her, news that drew resounding cheers from the thousands who gathered to hear Obama speak at a memorial service for the Tucson shooting victims.

"Gabby opened her eyes, so I can tell you, she knows we're here, and she knows we love her," Obama told the crowd at the University of Arizona.

The development was more good news on a day when Giffords continued to show signs of recovery with "spontaneous movements" such as feeling her wounds and adjusting her hospital gown, Dr. Peter Rhee, chief of the trauma division at University Medical Center in Tucson, said earlier in the day.

"She's getting better every day, and she's making more and more spontaneous movements," he said. "She was able to actually even feel her wounds herself. She can fix her gown. She's making very specific kinds of movements, so we're very happy at this point."

Such movements are occurring, in part, because physicians have greatly decreased the amount of sedation Giffords is receiving.

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