Shot US politician's condition improves
Thursday 27 January 2011
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been taken from intensive care to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston, an encouraging step that came after doctors upgraded her condition from serious to good.
Doctors at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Centre determined the Arizona congresswoman was healthy enough to move to nearby TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she will continue her rehabilitation.
Ms Giffords had been in intensive care since her arrival from Tucson on Friday. Last week doctors placed a tube in her head to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid. Her move out of ICU suggests that tube might have been removed, which would be another good sign in her recovery. A backup of the fluid can cause pressure and swelling within the brain.
She was shot in the head on 8 January in a rampage that killed six and injured a further 12 people. The Democratic congresswoman was hit in the forehead while meeting constituents outside a Tucson supermarket.
The shooting cast a sombre mood over President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, where many lawmakers wore black-and-white lapel ribbons to signify the deaths and the hopes of the survivors. Ms Giffords's husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, watched the speech from her bedside in Texas.
Rap music mogul accused of running two men over in his truck
The party's potential nominations read like a high school race for student body president
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Mia Khalifa: Pornhub star claims Drake sent her 'cringeworthy' naked photos on Instagram
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A skilled .NET developer with e...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company are cur...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager - Marke...
£33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An External Relations Executive is requi...