Giffords off ventilator, hospital says
January 15th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Giffords off ventilator, hospital says

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been taken off a ventilator and is breathing on her own through a tracheotomy tube, the University Medical Center of Tucson, Arizona announced Saturday.

Surgeons on Saturday also inserted a feeding tube so the congresswoman could get nutrients.

In addition, one other person injured last Saturday's Arizona shooting - James Tucker, 58 - was released from the medical center on Saturday, leaving three people still at the hospital.

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  1. Amar Huliganga

    I wish you the best Congresswoman Giffords for faster recovery. You will be included to my prayers. "God Bless you Congresswoman Giffords"

    January 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bert

    A traik aint much better and a feed tube. that is scare. i hope one day i see her walk up to the mic and talk again. but i dont think that is going to happen. the ass that did this too her should be a public hanging for his ass. and for all the other people he hurt and killed. what a sorry SOB

    January 15, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vikingslost

    I am glad Gabrielle Giffords is doing better after this horrendous tragedy. My prayers are for her and all the other families and friends who either lost a loved one or are waiting on their recovery.

    It is sad, but when you have a brain injury, realistically it may get better, but in the long run there will be some damage because it is the brain we are talking about.

    Thank you to the President of the United States for addressing Tucson and the nation at the memorial. That was very uplifting for all involved.

    And for all of us that either believe in God or the Great Spirit, or however you identify in your beliefs. Let's all pray in our own way or not at all if you do not believe in any religion. Truth is we all are born, live our lives, and leave this world just as we came in. In that tone, we are all connected, even though we may not think it.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    In my experience trachs and PEGs are the first step on the road to long term care.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • SurRy

      Then your experience is very limited.

      January 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. talkeetna101

    That's great that she is coming along well, but what about the others who are still in the same hospital, from the shooting? They matter, too, as does all the other many thousands who are suffering or have died in the last 24. Why no 'Breaking Updates' on any of them. I wish the Rep. well, but being a Rep. does not make her any better or more important than anyone else. I hope she continues to do well, but I don't need an update about every little thing and I am sick of seeing Loughner's 'mug shot' every where I go and his timeline down to the very minute he went to the 7_Eleven, for the second time, the night before. The deficit is now $14 Trillion. That impacts the US and the world, along with each of us, immensely. That is what we need to be concerned so much, about. How many people lost their job or house today? Are we so bad off that knowing every intimate detail about the Rep. is the ONLY good news there is to report?

    January 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Seeing as how she was the target of assassination by a psychopath, and you know SURVIVING A BULLET TO THE BRAIN, it separates her from the rest of the collateral damage in terms of updates.

      January 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. hello

    @seek and ye shall find. It doesn't matter if she comes out a Christian she has already identified herself as Jewish. All that matters is that she is making a miraculous recovery and we will hopefully see her fully recovered soon.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. canuck

    Congresswoman, you are an inspiration to the whole world.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery. Your friends in Canada.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Annie Maytum

    Congresswoman Giffords has already made giant leaps of improvments in a very short amount of time – she is obviously a very, very strong and determined individual. This makes her heroic; definitely a personal hero of mine. How many people survive a bullet through the brain and then proceed to maintain steady progress in getting better? She has obeyed commands by doctors, opened her eyes, gave a thumbs up, and is now breathing on her own. Congratulations to her and her family. She remains in my prayers, as well as the remaining three injured people in the hospital. God bless them all.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sandra

    There is a GOD !!! It dosent matter your religon he hears all our prayers, she will keep getting stronger and be able to leave that hospital soon thats my prayer for her and the others that were shot or injured,all you have to do is pray and believe in the man upstairs

    January 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jonathan

    Chad, you're a narrow-minded moron. Believe it or not, other faiths are acceptable. Some even predate yours by 3,600 years. Get a clue.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lynn

    I understand the meaning of justice and innocent until proven guilty and the whole process but common! Let's save money by not going through an expensive trial or supporting his sorry ass while in jail or prison. This person has changed the lives of so many people by killing, wounding and has inflicted such suffering on so many in different ways, I don't see a need for this man to live, stone him, hang him or use a bullet, all these methods are cheaper and faster. I feel no sympathy for this man what so ever.

    January 15, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jonathan

    Sorry, not @chad but @seek and you shall find. Hard to tell who wrote what on a bb.

    January 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Michael paul

    Maybe now that she's knocked on death's door she'll rethink her pro-death stance on abortion. Pathetic.

    January 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick

      Pro-death? I'm sure you support the wars that kill innocent brown people and support the death penalty. Who's really pro-death?

      January 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jiminy

      Gosh, I guess you are god for all the rest of us? Unless thousands of people elect you to office, don't try to tell the rest of us what is right or wrong.

      January 16, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michael paul

    While she's been out, 21,000 innocent babies have died because of her poliicies. Something to think about.

    January 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • palintwit

      They weren't babies yet. Idiot.

      January 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • geekgirl42

      This article isn't about your political or religious beliefs about abortion. It's about a human being who has been brutally attacked and is lying wounded in a hospital while her husband, family and friends have spent days worrying that they might lose someone dear to them.

      January 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. your little mate

    Her survival ha set off a major debate amongst gun nuts as to whether the 9mm cartridge is really useful or would .45 be better.

    January 15, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
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