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Wall Street Journal: Giffords Progresses; Breathing Tube Remains


January 14, 2011- Critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is "continuing to make all the right moves in all the right directions" as she attempts to recover from last weekend's shooting, her doctor said Friday.

Ms. Giffords, who sustained a bullet wound to her brain Saturday in a mass shooting at a Tucson supermarket, has been opening her eyes with more frequency since Wednesday, when she first opened them during a visit from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Moments later, her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, asked her if she could touch his wedding ring, which she did.

"She is beginning to carry out more complex sequences [of movement] in response to our commands, and even spontaneously," Dr. Michael Lemole Jr., neurosurgery chief at the University Medical Center in Tucson, said. "We couldn't have hoped for any better improvement than we're seeing now."

Though doctors are pleased with Ms. Giffords's progress, her breathing tube hasn't been removed. Her physicians said they were optimistic but cautious about her recovery.

Ronald Barber, Ms. Giffords's district director, was released from the hospital Friday morning. His first stop was the funeral service for U.S. District Judge John Roll, who was killed in the shooting. Another of Ms. Giffords's staff members, Pam Simon, who was shot in the chest, was released from the hospital Thursday.

Three more shooting victims are still hospitalized and listed in good condition, doctors said.

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