Posts Tagged ‘Gabrielle Giffords’

By Ramit Plushnick-Masti


HOUSTON — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Wednesday left intensive care for the first time since she was shot in the head in Arizona more than two weeks ago, the latest big step in the long road to recovery.

With her progress moving at “lightning speed,” doctors had the lawmaker moved to TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital, where she immediately began therapy that could last several months.

Doctors said she will have a valve inserted into her breathing tube to help her talk.

When asked if Giffords was able to speak, neurosurgeon Dr. Dong Kim said, “we can say that her speech function, along with everything else, is improving” but declined to elaborate.

Giffords, 40, had been in intensive care since her arrival Friday from Tucson, where she was shot Jan. 8 while meeting with constituents. The gunman killed six people and injured 13 others in a rampage outside a supermarket.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords may be released from intensive care and transferred to a brain rehabilitation hospital as early as this week, ABC News has learned. The fluid accumulation in her brain that concerned doctors over the weekend has already begun to subside.

Meanwhile, at tonight’s State of the Union address, members of both political parties will be wearing black and white ribbons in a show of solidarity with Giffords and the people of Tucson. In a special gesture, her friends in Congress will leave one seat unfilled.

“There is going to be a chair left empty to symbolize what we all know will be a triumphant return to the House of Representatives when she comes back to us full strength,” said Giffords’ friend and colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.

In Houston, Giffords’ husband, NASA Commander Mark Kelly, plans to watch tonight’s State of the Union Address from the hospital. While he keeps watch by her side, the clock is ticking on a critical decision. Kelly has said he will decide within two weeks whether he will command the space shuttle Endeavor’s final mission in April.

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The problem with the media is they aren’t accountable. From CBS News to CNN to Fox to Bloggers worldwide, no one is accountable for the junk they print, post or broadcast. Case in point, CBS News and their one sided journalism blaming Sarah Palin for Gabrielle Giffords shooting. Or Paul Krugman Blames Giffords Shooting on Palin, Limbaugh and Beck.

Which raised the question who is this nitwit Paul Krugman?

I am not a fan of Ms. Palin, Rush Limbaugh or John Beck. I think all three need to climb back into whatever holes they slithered out of. That said, none of these people are any more accountable for Saturdays shooting then you or I.

I don’t care about your maps, talk show hosts tea parties. None of these things played a part in the shooting. Your going to have radicals in every group. Nancy “we’ll read it after we pass it” Pelosi is a fine example of that. That doesn’t mean every democratic senator/congressman is a complete idiot.

The only person who needs to be held accountable for what happened Saturday is Jared Lee Loughner. He acted out this sick act. He had the gun in hand. He alone pulled the trigger. That killed six and injured Mrs. Giffords. He Loughner admits “I Planned Ahead”.

Somehow still people want to blame Palin for her so called “Target List” which was nothing more then a list of people Ms. Palin wanted to see lose their Congressional seats. Not their lives. Yes maybe the thing was done in poor taste. But again it’s not Ms. Palin’s fault some sicko (Jared Lee Loughner) might have taken it the wrong way.

I been sitting back for three days listening to all this crap and it’s truely making me sick. The same people who put Palin amongst others in this position of celebrity are now going out of their way to tear her down. Yes it has happened before and it will happen again. Doesn’t make it right.

Lets put all the blame where it really belongs. The media for giving people like Palin a platform to publicize things like “Target Lists”. It’s the media who should be accountable. Because if the media didn’t give people like Palin the outlet to do the things they do then sickos like Jared Lee Loughner wouldn’t get the wrong idea in the first place.

Choke on that.