Surgeon: Giffords is making good progress

The lead surgeon for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) said Monday that the congresswoman could be taken off her breathing apparatus in the next few days if she continues to make progress. 


Speaking on MSNBC Monday morning, Trauma and University Medical Center Critical Care Director Dr. Peter Rhee said that Giffords, who was shot in the head on Saturday, was not in a medically induced coma, just heavily sedated and was recovering quickly. Rhee predicted that he would take Giffords off her breathing machine in the coming days if she continued to improve rapidly.

"Probably one or two days if things are still going really well," Rhee said.

Rep. Giffords was shot during a "Congress on Your Corner" event in Tuscon on Saturday. Giffords was rushed to surgery at Arizona's University Medical Center. That afternoon Rhee said Giffords's prognosis was good and that the congresswoman would pull through.

Giffords was one of 20 victims wounded in the shooting. Six died, including an aide for Giffords, a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.