January 16th, 2011
08:56 PM ET

Hospital: Giffords upgraded from critical to serious condition

[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."

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  1. rona rutchik

    could the comm college that saw laughfner to be inappropiate have sent hum to a mental health facility to be evaluated instead of sending him to the street??? was there a mental health or medical office or nurses quarters in the school's campus?? there must have been some place students could go for counseling or interventive conversation so he could have been evaluated instead of having the only offer of expulsion.

    January 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sees All Evil

    I imagine they just hoped he would go away. sometimes fear prevents people from speaking up. if they got him taken away he might come back for revenge. and he probably would have judging from last weeks events.

    January 16, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sherri W.W.#1~ ILLinois

    This sweet young woman should be an inspiration for all.Can you even imagine how she has had to fight to get even this far? God Bless her and her family~her husband .her mom an dad~she could be anyones'child.The decent people of this country must make sure things are made better for all. Remember as well~always~Christina Taylor Green !

    January 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ThomasD

    Indeed. I agree with all three top posts. Something should have been done long before this tragedy took place, but people are intimidated by the fear that the mentally unstable produces, and, now that it HAS happened there needs to be some type of mental healthcare whereby the potential for these crimes can be averted. How to best accomplish this, I'm not sure. I only know that unless something is done, none of us are really safe. I find it amazing she is improving so rapidly.

    January 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The piramid

    Fcuk her.

    January 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shorty

      Hey pirimid what is you problem respect others and if you can't give support then shut your mouth what if this was your mother and someone said that about her think please

      January 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gma

    Hey piramid...F uck yourself

    January 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sees All Evil

    @pyramid you're stupid, ignorant and rude. lmao?

    January 16, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ernie

    I am a die-hard conservative, but I hope this young lady can make a full recovery & serve her country. Violence is no answer in our nation, just read up on the last civil war, tragic. As for blaming the college; no one can admit another to mental care until they do something wrong. Maybe the law should be changed, but the blame-game leads to more hard feelings on all sides, when what we need is 'peace', not gunning each other down in the streets. May cool heads prevail in the coming months while emotions run high because of this "nut-case".

    January 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Been there

    I have been in the congresswoman's shoes. By the grace of god I survived. My prayers are always with Giffords and her family.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. waldo

    ***i don't get it Y did pyramid say that. this lady almost died and he said that somebody plz plz tell me y pirimid said that.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    Because piramid is a 'tard. Enough said.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank

    We pray for Gabrielle Giffords and her family, for her complete recovery from this tragic incident.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. look out

    Piramid is a sissy I bet he won't get out in public and say some sh** like that

    January 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. WestmontWriter

    I sincerely hope that this woman and all injured in the shooting make a full recovery and are once again made whole both physically as well as emotionally. And I mourn those whose lives were lost in this senseless shooting. That said, I think it's time to dial down the media coverage of this event. It's been a bit of overload to say the least. There are many issues that this incident raises, and those conversations should take place. But please, let's take a breath from the finger pointing and laying blame where it doesn't exist and not throw this story before the public ad nauseum. The abc 'Continuing Conversation' earlier today served little real purpose except to rip open a wound that needs to heal. And I'm sorry but the 'memorial service' held last week came across as little more than a political rally with all of the bizarre cheering. This shooting is being transformed into a vehicle to advance many causes and agendas. . .as was the case with the many laws and rhetoric following 9/11.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jumping on bandwagon

    yea pirimid you suck sphinxster and your pyramid scheme blows

    January 16, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
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