Doctors Report Rep. Giffords is Breathing on Her Own

Tucson, Arizona—(ENEWSPF)—January 11, 2011. Dr. Michael Lemole, Jr., chief of neurosurgery at University Medical Center reported today that U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords remains in critical condition after sustaining a head shot wound on Saturday during a local meet-and-greet event. According to Dr. Lemole, she is breathing on her own.

“I’m happy to say she’s holding her own,” said Dr. Michael Lemole Jr. “Her status is the same as it was yesterday. She’s still following simple commands.”

“The only reason we keep that breathing tube in is to protect her airway so that she doesn’t have complications like pneumonia,” he told said during today’s briefing.

“We’re hopeful, but I do want to underscore the seriousness of this injury and the fact that we all have to be extremely patient.”

Six of the victims in the Saturday shooting remain at University Medical Center, Chief of Emergency Medicine Peter Rhee said. Along with Giffords, three people are in serious condition and two are in fair condition.

Source: CNN news