Husband: Giffords' breathing tube may be removed Friday
Rep. Giffords husband said in his first interview since the shooting that his wife is making good progress.
January 14th, 2011
10:51 AM ET

Husband: Giffords' breathing tube may be removed Friday

Doctors could remove the breathing tube for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Friday as she continues on her "miracle" journey to recovery after an assassination attempt and mass shooting, her husband said.

Though the congresswoman had been shot in the head less than a week ago, she continues to make progress, her husband and doctors told CNN.

Her husband, Mark Kelly, told Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, that his wife is aware to some degree of what is going on around her. It was Kelly's first interview since the tragedy.


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  1. misterking23

    Whats happening to our world?

    January 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. myklds

    That was a "Miracle in deed. God answers our prayers.

    Let's further pray for her full recovery likewise to the rest who are injured.

    January 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Q

    Really?!?!?If god answers our prayers, why is this country going to hell. If god answers our prayers why is there so much greed, evil and hatred in this world. Why does he allow the rich to get richer by stealing from the average/poor. Why would "GOD" allow so many innocent good hardworking people suffer from the hands of those that seek self gratification, greed and pure evil. AAAGHHH!

    January 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      Q..did you pray for them not to happen? Just an honest answer and you might be spared you from heart attack.

      January 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • S Callahan

      FREE a nutshell.....

      as well, instead of depressing over the why's focus on the do's...what can you do to make it better....
      God is full well aware of all the wrongs being done....and in it's time ...there will be justice.
      In the waiting , make a difference in this world. Don't despair.

      January 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bee

      Wow!!! Couldnt have said it better myself.

      January 14, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Devon

      @mykids-LOL, thats such a typical "self proclaimed christian" thing to say.

      January 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim Brieske

    "Aware in some degree", what does that mean? Is she blinking, I am in here , in morse code? Flys are aware in some degree too.
    Dumb bast*rd husband, let her die and go to Heaven. You fool. She left forever the day she was shot. It's over.
    Are you going to believe in the existence of God and Heaven and man up or be a selfish coward? You are a bad example to the Nasa Shuttle Program which has lost two crews.

    January 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Sir, have you read any of the facts in this case at all? Rep. Giffords did not die. She was responsive on the scene, after being shot. After her surgery she was place in a medically induced coma for recovery. They have been slowly bringing her out of that coma since she has shown signs of healing. As for her awareness, she makes eye contact with others in the room and can follow directives, such as lifting different fingers, blinking, and moving her arms and legs. She is responsive, she is alive.

      Don't you dare malign her husband, a man who has served this country in the US Navy and NASA. He has risked his life so you can say this garbage, just as his wife has now risked hers. You, sir, are a bad example to my country.

      January 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Annette Gray

    There is one thing people are not focusing on, and that is the real REASON tragedies like this occur in our nation, why so many mentally ill people are left to their own devices, why parents cannot find help for their children when they need to until often it's too late, or why schools and other public servants are left to try to try to staple together a support plan for the student and oftentimes their family – the state of the mental health system in this great nation. Vietnam veterans are on the street today, many of them in need of mental healthcare and have never had access to it. We have prisons filled to capacity and many of those cells are filled with people who needed help and couldn't get it long before they ever harmed themselves or someone else. Sad that I taught special education for over ten years, and this young man could have been one of my emotionally disabled students in the many public schools where I worked. Children with mental illness try and try to fit in, they become angrier and angrier when their parents and school teachers don't understand them or won't medicate them properly or give them access to therapy bc it's cost prohibitive... Then innocent 9 year olds and political officials or innocent passersby pay the ultimate cost for the lacks in our mental health system when those children grow up and can't handle the turmoil in their heads any longer. No excuses – crime is a crime, but given access to proper medications or therapy outreach programs as a youngster in school when SOOOOO many people you interview saw "the signs" yet no one reached out and supported him or his family in the ways they needed. I've seen it too many times... it's a money issue – we'd rather incarcerate whan assist the mentally ill. Shame on us as Americans who want to blame the parents or the political climate – contributing factors, SURE, but CAUSE??? Don't put a bandaid on this issue and report these claims, but go to the source and reveal the real problem – then help as our news media outlet to rally the people to do something – anything – if we all did something to help mentally ill people in our community, it would be a safer America – we OWE that to our children and to each other...

    January 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dianne

      I agree with you that menatl illness is neglected in our societies and left in the hands of the police to deal with. This is not unlike Canada. Have you ever been to a court and watched people who were picked up by police for behaviours that are more in tune with mental problems than criminal? I particularly remember one woman picked up while walking along the highway after a fight with her partner. Yes, she was intoxicated for reasons unknown. In court she was quietly sentenced to stay away from drinking, otherwise she would be thrown into jail. After seeing cases like hers, I was struck by how courts have to deal with mental issues because society as a whole cannot and will not deal with these issues. We pay for this in the long run. Courts and jails are an expensive way to deal with mental illness and very ineffective. What are some of the answers? Do we create gated comunities to avoid dealing directly with these issues? That has been proposed and likely will increase over time. How do we react when we see homeless people on the streets? Most of us are aware that one of the reasons they are on the street is over mental issues..... so we must face facts and work towards a better way.

      As far as posts blaming politics or family members, where are your thinking heads? This is a societal problem and takes all of us to understand and work towards better means of dealing with mental issues.

      As a Canadian, I am naturally opposed to the ease of obtaining lethal weapons. I know Americans feel strongly about their rights to bare arms, however I will always believe it is a recipe for disasters. At least I can walk ouside late at night without the fear of some gun toting angry person ready to pop.

      January 24, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. andrew

    God has created people as free will moral agents. We may freely choose to attempt to carry out our initiatives whether good or evil. God never over rides our ability to choose to attempt what we will. However there are consequences to the choices we make. It is a reasonable proposition that God does not know the choices we will make in the future because that would be a violation of free will. Therefore God may not have anticipated the tragedy. God's remedy is not prevention of evil but in providing everything necessary to allow a person to freely choose benevolence. God's part in tragedy is healing to the hearts of those affected regardless of the physical outcome. God's part is also judging the perpetrator of the tragedy or in providing mercy to the perpetrator if he chooses to accept the forgiveness of the One who said, Go and sin no more.

    January 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rita L. Rast

    Thank you, Annette and Andrew. Excellent synopsis – mental health which will be cut due to the economic woes in the country. The word choice is key as you mentioned Andrew.........we make choices, hopefully, responsible ones; and with those choices there will be consequences. Like a most forgiving Father, the Redeemer looks to the farthest horizon, praying that his prodigal sons will see His arms outstretched to welcome them. This is His hope for us all......We have to choose Him. Jesus Christ is a gentleman and will not force His will on anyone..........Only 2 things can directly destroy hope. One is the sin of despair, which is committed by those who give up hope of having their sins forgiven and reaching eternal life. The other is the sin of presumption, which is committed by those who indulge in false hope and foolishly suppose that no matter what they do, everything will turn out all right in the end. Those who despair question one of God's attributes-His mercy. They DARE TO SET A LIMIT to God's forgiveness when he himself has placed no limit to it. To commit the sin of despair, a person has to lie to himself about God's willingness to forgive. He denies Calvary!

    January 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. end it now

    Want some dressing on that vegetable?
    Toss her into a salad? Just what this country needs, another drain on society. How many millions of dollars is this brain-dead hunk of meat going to cost us over the next twenty years?

    January 15, 2011 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Danny, M

    I always knew that Congresswoman Gabbi was going to rebound and will fully recover. She is a formidable fighter! Never in my life time if I have ever seen any person being shut in a head and to the brain, and the prognosis be as positive as her condition. Good people will always prevail. On a personal note. I am converting to the Christian faith and I have never been so determine to do what my heart is telling me to do. I am reading books and bible given to me by close friend of mine and I am since have different look in life and also more gentle and kinder to people around me. May be this is what it ment to be, for me to convert to Christianity.

    May all the people who have injured in the shooting fully recover and appreciate life even more.

    Danny, M

    January 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |