Giffords’ Condition Stable; Brain Swelling Next Hurdle

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Congress

With each passing day, Gabrielle Giffords’ chances for making a recovery get better and better.

National Journal shares the details…

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been “holding her own” as she fights to recover from being shot through the head on Saturday, said Michael Lemole, chief of neurosurgery at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Lemole appeared on a number of morning shows today to provide updates on Giffords’s condition. She remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery to try to contain damage from a bullet that passed through the left side of her brain, which controls speech, among other things. Doctors are keeping her in a medically induced coma but bring her out every few hours to check on her condition.

“We also had CT scans this morning that show the swelling is not getting any worse,” Lemole told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “We’re still not out of the woods. Typically, the swelling can go through a period of evolution of three days or more. But every day we get farther out, we’re more and more encouraged.”

Definitely not out of the woods yet, but please keep sending good thoughts her way.

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