[Updated at 8:56 p.m.] U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, eight days after being shot through the brain at a public event.
"The congresswoman continues to do well," University Medical Center in Tucson said Sunday in a statement.
Giffords has been off the ventilator and breathing on her own, through a tracheotomy tube, since a surgical procedure on Saturday. A feeding tube was inserted as part of the same operation, which took place exactly one week after a bullet went in and out of her skull.
[Initial post, 12:26 p.m.] U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition after a shooting at a January 8 public event, is moving both sides of her body and is able to breathe on her own, a fellow member of
Congress said Sunday.
"She's doing great," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York and a friend of the Arizona congresswoman, on NBC's "Meet The Press." Gillibrand said she spoke to Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, on Saturday night and that Giffords is "making progress every day."
Gillibrand told CBS' "Face the Nation" that Giffords is moving both sides of her body, and is "showing people that she can communicate well by, you know, holding our hands and moving her arms and legs and looking at us. So she's making great progress."FULL STORY