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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Is Already Opening Her Eyes!

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This truly is a miracle!

Despite being in critical condition after a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head less than a week ago, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was reported to have opened her eyes for the first time yesterday, while surrounded by her husband, parents, and other members of Congress!

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand recounted that shortly after President Obama visited the Congresswoman in her hospital room, she sat down and held her hand, to which Giffords responded by squeezing back.

She explains:

"It was extraordinary. It was a miracle to witness. She absolutely could hear everything we were saying. And Debbie (Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida) and I were telling her how much she was inspiring the nation with her courage, her strength, and we were talking about the things we wanted to do as soon as she was better."

However, it was when Wasserman Schultz mentioned wanting her to come visit his vacation home, that Giffords eyes began to open.

She recalled telling her:

"'Come on, you've got to get better, because we expect you up in New Hampshire this summer.' And just as I said that, that's when she suddenly was struggling to open… her eyes. First just a little bit. And the doctors couldn't believe it. They said, 'This is such a good time.' Other than the birth of my kids, this was the most incredible feeling, to see literally one of your closest friends struggle to come to you, her family, her friends. We know how strong Gabby is….You could see all the strength pouring out of her to touch her husband."

Gillibrand continued:

"She took a moment to focus, you could see she was focusing. And then Mark said … 'Gabby, if you can see me, if you can see me, give us a thumbs-up … She didn't only give a thumbs-up, she literally raised her entire hand. We were just — we couldn't stop crying … It was just one of those moments that life brings you so rarely."

Furthermore, Gillibrand says, she was able to reach out to her husband "and is touching him and starts to really choke him like she was really trying to hug him, and she touches his ring, then she grabs his whole watch and wrist and then the doctor was just so excited, he said, 'You don't understand…this is amazing what she is doing right now and beyond our greatest hopes.' She wanted to tell us, 'I'm with you.'"

Dr. Michael Lemole, chief of neurosurgery, revealed that she's been opening her eyes with more frequency since that first time, and concluded:

"This is all very encouraging…It is a significant move forward. This is the part that doctors, I think, have the hardest time with — those intangibles in medicine. Miracles happen every day…A lot of medicine is outside our control."

Hearing this wonderful news actually brings us to tears!

This woman has truly proved that she is a fighter, and our thoughts and best-wishes will continue to be with her as she beats all of the odds that have been put against her!

You can overcome this, bb! The entire nation believes in you!

[Image via AP Images.]

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13 comments to “Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Is Already Opening Her Eyes!”

  1. 1

    Perez - while I applaud your effort to report things with more meaning, this is old news from two days ago and has been everywhere already.

  2. 2

    How about some 'new' news?

  3. 3

    it is "eye" not eyes. Her other eye is bandaged.

  4. 4

    It's really disheartening to hear a physician use the word "miracle." This isn't miracle; it's science, it's medicine. Her abilities are directly related to her injury, not to her "fighting spirit" (that's an insult to all injured people who somehow do NOT open their eyes or move their hands; does it mean they're wimps or that no one is pulling for them? No, it means they can't). It's biology. Some people who are shot in the head recover fully; some die; some have degrees of impairment. It's not a miracle, and yes, it's old news.

  5. 5

    Enough of this story already. The media is reporting nothing else. Is this a tragic event? Yes? Does it need to be reported as if it's the biggest news story in a hundred years? No.

  6. 6

    she didnt open her eyes before because she was sedated…. her miraculous awakening was actually the doctors turning off the propofol drip that was keeping her in an induced coma. this is old news and it is also sad that her privacy is being violated like this, there are laws under HIPPA that are supposed to stop someones medical information from being shared to those not caring for her medically. broadcasting her every twitch to the entire country is ridiculous, especially because they just fired several employees from that hospital for looking at her chart. I hope they report on how she has a catheter to collect her urine and a tube shoved in her rectum to collect her stool so her skin doesnt break down.

  7. 7

    I am very happy that she is pulling through!

  8. 8

    And if the first thing she sees is Sarah Palin, she'll gouge them out.

  9. 9

    Wow. Everyone seriously needs to stop hating on Perez for posting this. This news was first released LAST NIGHT when Obama spoke to us all from the UofA. I'm in Tucson, and I like hearing the good news. So get off of Perez's back. Second, Gabby has been out of her "coma" for a few days now. This truly is a miracle. I'm not saying people who don't open their eyes are weak or blah blah blah. I'm just saying, no one expected her to even live, because her wounds were so tragic. The fact that she is conscience and able to hear/see at all is a miracle.
    I went to Christina Taylor Green's funeral today, and watching that little 9-yr-old girl's casket drive by, made everything so real.
    People SERIOUSLY need to lay off the hate. If this is "OLD" news to you, or boring in anyway, DON'T READ THE FREAKING ARTICLE. God help us all.

  10. 10

    Re: dreamboat – Shut up douchebag. I'd rather hear about this than stupid whore celebritys.

  11. 11

    pizzle2 wrote: "I'd rather hear about this than stupid whore celebrities." Really? Well, good thing you're trolling on prezhilton.com. No stories about stupid whores on this site.

  12. 12

    Perez, thanks for reporting on this. Unlike most of your other readers, I don't have time to read every news outlet online so I didn't know about this. It brought me to tears also. Please keep up the good work keeping all of us informed, even if it's a little behind the rest of the regular news outlets. Like I said, some of us are too busy to spend our days reading every news site - I prefer to come here to get news & celeb news - all in one. Thanks!

  13. 13

    Sounds like an involuntary reaction, doesn't mean anything.Stop clutching at straws she could still end up in a PVS.