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AZ Congresswoman's Doctors "Optimistic" About Her Recovery

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This is great news considering Saturday's tragic events.

Dr. Peter Rhee of University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona says that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords underwent surgery for a single gunshot wound to the head that passed through her brain.

18 people were shot at a public event held outside of a grocery store in Tucson on Saturday.

Giffords was among five patients that were listed in critical condition. Six people died from gunshot wounds, including Chief Judge John Roll of the U.S. District Court for Arizona and a 9-year-old girl.

The shooter has been identified as Jared Lee Loughner.

Dr. Rhee says he is "very optimistic" about Giffords' recovery, adding, "I'm about as optimistic as it can get in this situation," and that the next 24 hours will be critical in her recovery.

This is just such a terrible tragedy. Thank goodness there are some optimistic news.

The victims and their families are in our thoughts.

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61 comments to “AZ Congresswoman's Doctors "Optimistic" About Her Recovery”



  1. 1

    Thank God she's gonna be okayl



  2. 2

    I hope this tough broad returns to politics, fresh and new, and ready to represent what is right with this country, rather than those who attacked her (ie what is wrong with this country.)



  3. 3

    A 9 YEAR OLD GIRL DIED BECAUSE OF SOME WACK JOB. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN YOU YOU PIECE OF SHIT.



  4. 4

    That's really good news. I hope she'll be OK.



  5. 5

    Re: FriscoGal – well nobody knows if she's gonna be okay yet.



  6. 6

    I am praying for the U.S.A. The madness of the right is terrifying, this is only the beginning. God help us all !



  7. 7

    Re: FriscoGal – by the way, if she does survive, the doctors involved deserve thanks too.



  8. 8

    So, Glenn Beck and and the armed war against gun control legislation claim 18 more victims.



  9. 9

    I'm sure we'll find out the shooter is a tea bagger!!



  10. 10

    It is good that at least she has made it this far, so maybe she will be ok. I mean she was shot in the head, so being alive is a miracle and by ok I mean having a chance. I am sure she will have a tough road ahead. I can't forget the other people who were killed. It is too bad nobody noticed that this guy was so off, but I guess this happens everyday.



  11. 11

    Prayers to all the victims and the state of AZ. Stay strong Gabe!

    Peace out!



  12. 12

    Sarah Palin has blood on her hands for this.



  13. 13

    Lazaro,

    By all accounts, mostly those of his friends, that are surfacing now, the young man was a left-leaning wacko. It is very interesting though how you and many others, like Jane Fonda, are out there so quickly trying to turn this into some right-wing hate act. Like the man who flew his plane into the building in Texas, the guy who shot up the Discovery Channel and the Capitol Hill shooter, we are finding that left-leaning loonies have very violent tendencies. Congresswoman Giffords was a blue-dog Democrat, whose stance on issues was more conservative than liberal and the new's media are now reporting that she WAS the target. It's a little early to be certain of any motive, but your willingness to pin it on the right shows your own extreme bias and penchant.



  14. 14

    anyone can get a gun …. that has to stop



  15. 15

    Another shameful day in Arizona's history. Bless all who died and are struggling to survive. What a terrible moment in history.



  16. 16

    Fingers crossed she will survive…
    The news i am watching now are now reporting that they are looking for an accomplice.



  17. 17

    She is kind of hot I would molest her in her current state.



  18. 18

    Re: womenareprey – isn't it sad that instead of praying for the victims some of these morons are trying to blame the right party. Sad



  19. 19

    surviving a bullet in the brain is one thing but the ongoing recovery from the brain damage is another u cant sustain this kind of thing with out damage to areas of the brain ,,



  20. 20

    Nicky, You are right. Anyone trying to exploit this for political purposes is shameful. I was especially bothered by the sherrif's comments. It's not his place to say such things. He's fanning the fire. It's going to take a few days to sort this thing out, until then people should stop their attacks and show some respect.



  21. 21

    It's sad- people are so quick to lay blame on one group or another. This should be a time of mourning for the all of the victims of the shooting. A little girl died. We should be working towards a brighter future so this doesn't happen again. Instead people are fueling the flames of hatred and creating even more anger.



  22. 22

    Re: womenareprey – idiot, he was an anti-government libertarian.



  23. 23

    Mrs. Pitt who is so smart: Not according to his friends.



  24. 24

    Next time someone wants to go postal, PLEASE do it at Bayer headquarters! Those criminals deserve to be shot. Thanks in advance!



  25. 25

    Re: TheMrsBradPitt – fuck you ass moron he was a mentally ill person.



  26. 26

    The number is 19 now. Gabby is not out of the woods yet. This all happened at my neighborhood store. I am usually there on saturday mornings but this morning I decided not to go. It is pretty crazy here.



  27. 27

    As for the sherriff's comments he was right on the money. The violence in AZ has been escalating since the immigration bill. Gabby received death threats after she voted for healthcare reform. The violence needs to stop whether it be verbal or physical. There was also a possible bomb at her office today as well. They had to evacuate all the supporters that were there laying flowers out for Gabby. Things have gotten waaay out of hand.



  28. 28

    Further proof that republicans are whacko. Disagree with someone's opinions? Oh well, just kill them! The United States is a scary place. I don't know how you guys can stand living there. I'd rather live in Korea!



  29. 29

    He wasn't on the right…



  30. 30

    SHE'S NOT GONNA BE OKAY, MORONS!! THE DOCTOR SAID ON TV SHE HAS A GOOD CHANCE OF SURVIVAL BUT TO WHAT EXTENT, THE DOCS DONT KNOW YET. MEANING SHE WILL BE DAMAGED IN SOME FASHION MENTALLY AND/OR PHYSICALLY BUT SHE WILL LIVE. NO ONE GETS SHOT THRU THE BRAIN AND ACTS "NORMAL". WORST CASE SCENARIO SHE WILL BE LIKE JAMES BRADY, ALIVE BUT PARALYZED AND NOT ALL HER MENTAL CAPACITY IS THERE BUT SHE WILL LIVE. BEST CASE SCENARIO, SHE LOSES SOME MENTAL CAPACITY (POSSIBLE SLURRED SPEECH, THINKS SLOWER, ETC) BUT WONT BE PARALYZED. GEEESH, SOME IDIOTS LIKE PEREZ MAKES SHIT UP WITHOUT TELLING THE WHOLE STORY. NO WONDER THE REAL REPORTERS WORK FOR NEWS ORGANIZATIONS AND YOU RUN A CUT & PASTE BLOG!! NEXT…



  31. 31

    two days ago i was out loud saying "holy quad" about me, what was going on at a store? a fair, union rally, mall openeing. was there press present? off duty overtime, anything being sold, relationship to shooter



  32. 32

    who wrote this edition, with the phrase "please be nimble please be quick, "Hazhleton. Yeah yeah yeah. All zhat shtuff. pied-à-terre Parfitt-Solomonides, please think of Nicky, Miss Stutely's School for Girls in Rutherglen, dozens of Michelangelo's pornographic paintings, various other art treasures, don't fucking go shanctimonioush on me Parfitt-Sholomenineesh to shign the firsht part of the Pejantan Island deal with the Kirita Shinizhagi, Shee-Ee-Oh of Shimani Aero-shpace Corporation. Shatisfied?



  33. 33

    Ok here's how it is. I live in Tucson, AZ. I worked at the Safeway the shooting was at. The person responsible for the shooting is a 22 year old stoner with a history of mental illness. If you look at his YouTube channel, you will see just how unstable he is. I DO NOT believe this is in any way was an act of an extremist right winger against the controversial congresswoman. I do in fact believe it was a young kid, mentally disturbed, maybe convinced by said accomplice that this was his destiny or something. One thing to notice, the 9 year old that died today was featured in a book called "Faces of Hope: Babies born on 9/11" Yes, she was born on September 11th, 2001. Unbelievable. Also, more than likely not premeditated. It's unbelievable that anyone is trying to blame today on the right party, or the left party, or preparing for problems around the country. It was an act of a sick kid, period.



  34. 34

    sick sick sickk!!! why are people being shott AND KILLEDD at grocery stores?!?!?!?!? that 22 yr old pusssss needs to put away forever if not given the death penalty!!!!



  35. 35

    wow you libs are so f'n stupid……you lack any common sense what so ever…..



  36. 36

    You need to seriously revise your gun laws. You wouldn't let a child have a gun, why let an American? The results speak for themselves.



  37. 37

    Re: gimpus maximus! – your statemenet makes no sense..



  38. 38

    Re: DarlingReverie – Thank you! It's disgusting that people are laying blame on politics. This was the act of a sick person, not a liberal or a conservative. We can only hope that the critically injured pull through.



  39. 39

    Re: likethepear – then by all means go to korea



  40. 40

    Palin, Beck and other extreme right wingers are of course not directly responsible for this, but they did incite enough hate into a wacko to make him go on a shooting spree. It was just a matter of time.



  41. 41

    i wish you wouldnt report serious news here. theres something about seeing this on a tacky gossip site that cheapens the news and lessens the impact of the story.she is a brave, clever educated woman, people are dead and their families are grieving. no one wants to see their loved ones talked about next to news on britney spear's haircut or whatever.



  42. 42

    It is past time to lower the rhetoric!
    Everybody who preaches agaisnt others & tries to force others to abide by their rules have blood on their hands!



  43. 43

    NOBODY ON THE RIGHT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, NO ILLEGAL IS RESPONSIBLE, NO ONE ON THE LEFT IS RESPONSIBLE. all of you pointing BLAME ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR INCITING HATE… The shooter was RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SHOOTING, BUT, OF COURSE HE IS INSANE FOR WHAT HE DID. We must all stop the pointing of fingers. You are responsible for WHAT YOU DO YOURSELF. DO NOT BLAME OTHERS FOR YOUR ACTIONS. that is being a spineless, brainless wussy. If you can be INFLUENCED to do harm by watching people on tv, then go check yourself into a mental hospital, you have no control over yourself and should not be out in society.



  44. 44

    where this guy should have been. AND WHERE IS EVERYONE GETTING IT WAS PALIN? oh, because this congresswoman was a democratic. A moderate one. So far, the only thing they have about the shooter was that he was rejected by the military, they don't know why. He was angry when he was handed a Bible at the Military Recruitment Center, he is an athiest. and he is very upset about online literacy. Sounds like he is neither D or R.



  45. 45

    Re: likethepear – You do realise there are two Koreas? You should specify NORTH Korea.



  46. 46

    The only good lib is a dead lib. Better luck next time. Oh sorry, I mean, the first dude and me are just sick about this guy missing his mark. Oh sorry, I mean, we are saddened by such a tragedy that no one could shop there that day. I mean, oh fuck it. I mean better luck next time. I'll keep on preaching hate if you keep on hating. Keep the crazies coming! Deal?



  47. 47

    I do not believe the shooter was insane. He is a sociopath and he was very determined and precise. Eyewitness state that. He is unstable but not insane. He planned this and he knew exactly what he was doing. The heroics are coming out today. The young man who worked as an aide for Gabby who ran into the gunfire and helped to save her life. He applied pressure to her wound and held her up so she would not choke on her own blood. He stayed with her until paramedics took them both away. The people who tackled the gunman while he was attempting to reload. The woman who took his gun away. Those are heroes. Remember them.



  48. 48

    Update on the suspicous package at her office it was not an expolsive device but they did blow it up just to be safe. They are reconstructing it to find out exactly what it was. It was a metal box placed in the middle of the parking lot. The bomb squad x-rayed the device and did not like what they saw so they blew it up.



  49. 49

    Re: likethepear – Please move to Korea, you do not desreve to live in this country. Go enlighten yourself in the meantime since you are talkin shit about moving there. She was a BLUEDOG DEMOCRAT if you must make this political, go look it up. She carried a gun in her purse FWIW. Boneheads are out in force, geesh.



  50. 50

    Re: Obnoxious_Joe – YAWN enough!!! The piece of shit gunman hates religion, government, smokes pot - remind you of anyone holding the highest public office right now?? Speculate ALL you want, stop making this political, you can draw conclusions both to both sides!! Everyone seems to be such a fucking expert on this, so annoying.



  51. 51

    Re: Serena Loves Mario – Good call, LOL! This board is rampant with idiots, try your best to read these posts as 'light entertainment' . Ah, the roundtable of Perez Hilton has commenced!
    Everyone needs to chill & take Ms. Giffords pleas to stop this political hate mongering.



  52. 52

    Just in-The woman who wrestled the gun away from the shooter had been shot by the shooter. She still managed to get the clip away from him even though she was injured. she is expected to recover. what a brave woman.



  53. 53

    Re: womenareprey – Fanning the fire? Is that kind of like establishing a PAC that has a website with rifle targets over specific politicians to whom this PAC does not agree with? Is that kind of like calling for "2nd amendment remedies" because your candidate wasn't elected into office? Is that like carrying semi-automatic weapons to political rallies, which also, by they way, display racist signs, and hyped up people throwing dollar bills at the sick and infirm? You people slay me. You go off on your little foul mouthed rants, but when you get called on it, all of a sudden you are being "picked on". Christ, I would have more respect for you if you stood behind your ignorant remarks, instead of scrambling for excuses when your violent rhetoric results in the death of innocents. You are pathetic.



  54. 54

    Re: womenareprey – Don't try to blame liberals for this though either. I consider myself pretty liberal on many issues and don't like to be lumped in with a group of people thank you.



  55. 55

    My prayers to the families and people harmed in such a way. They are all going to have grief beyond anything imaginable. There is going to be an uproar over gun reform ( I fine with that ) But let me say, alll these young idiot military rejects, like so many other crazy people not just the rejects, have to do is get their Mommy to buy it for them and their family to stick up for them when they kill someone. There are so many ways around all this gun crap, there's just no way for someone to know how crazy they are ( unless they did) until they kill someone or many someones. My friend was killed this way, by someone like this. You can't say someone didn't know he was capable. Someone knew and did nothing before people died! These young men who want to enlist and kill terrorists ARE the terroists! My heart bleeds for the victims and their family and friend. This young idiot has no clue the pain he has caused forever. I hope they fry his ass!



  56. 56

    Re: justtfax – Let me get this straight…you are saying atheists have to be liberals. What planet are you living on? Good God my IQ went down about ten points listening to your rant. You are one of the reasons I hate America.



  57. 57

    Sarah Palin is responsible for this.



  58. 58

    hopefully. she makes a full recovery.



  59. 59

    Re: Zuzusox – There is a NORTH and a SOUTH Korea. If you ever served, you would know that.



  60. 60

    Re: Lance Peters – WTF?? I knew that douchebag. How do you know who served & who didn't?? And there is a soldier out there that does not know this. NOW SCREW, ya faker……



  61. 61

    Re: Lance Peters – wow - I just read your other posts. Looks like we'll see you on the news someday soon you angry m-fck'r. Geesh, go see if anybody will give you a hug!