Congresswoman Giffords condition upgraded from critical to serious

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U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is no longer in critical condition after being shot in the head last weekend, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Giffords is now listed in serious condition, Ann Cisneros, a spokeswoman for University Medical Center said in a news release Sunday.
“The congresswoman continues to do well. She is breathing on her own. Yesterday’s procedures were successful and uneventful,” she said.
Giffords was taken off a ventilator Saturday and a tracheotomy was performed on her.
The tracheotomy was done to “replace the breathing tube that ran down her throat with a tracheotomy tube in her windpipe, protecting her airway and freeing her from the ventilator,” UMC spokesman Michael Griffith said Saturday.
No information on whether Giffords can speak was provided. Her doctors have said they could not determine her ability to vocalize until the breathing tube was removed.
A feeding tube as inserted as well, Griffith said.
via Giffords’ condition upgraded, ‘continues to do well’.

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.
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