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Exclusive New Unseen Photos Of Congreewomen Giffords Released Since Shot In The Head (Pictures And Video)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

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Those close to Giffords say that while she’s made steady improvement in her communication and other skills, there is still far to go in her rehabilitation. But for now, the photos offer a kind of proof of that rehabilitation, a relief at seeing evident progress

The Facebook pictures, which reveal no obvious scarring and only slight skin colouration on the side of her head, inspired more than 800 of her Facebook friends to post supportive messages in just two hours

According to nytimes.com the photos, which appeared on her Facebook page, were taken May 17 outside her Houston hospital, and are the first clear snapshots of Ms. Giffords since the shooting five months ago during a constituent meet-and-greet in a Safeway parking lot in Tucson.

Giffords underwent surgery on May 18, 2011 to replace part of her skull that had been removed in January to permit her brain to swell after the gunshot to her head. Surgeons replaced the bone, using tiny screws, with piece of molded hard plastic; they expect that her skull will eventually fuse with the plastic’s porous material. Giffords no longer needs to wear the helmet that she had been wearing to protect her brain from further injury.On June 9, 2011, Giffords' aide, Pia Carusone, told the press that the Congresswoman continues to make progress in her therapy. As of that date, while Giffords' comprehension appeared to be "close to normal, if not normal", she is not yet using complete sentences

Last week, Ms. Giffords’s chief of staff, Pia Carusone, said the congresswoman struggles to communicate and may not be able to run for re-election. Ms. Giffords uses gestures and facial expressions to communicate basic needs but “when it comes to bigger and more complex thought that requires words, that’s where she’s had the trouble,” Ms. Carusone said in an extensive interview with the Arizona Republic.

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