Gabrielle Giffords recovery continues in aftermath of Tucson shooting
Monday, January 10, 2011; 10:59 AM
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continued her recovery in a Tucson hospital after Saturday's shooting:
The 40-year-old lawmaker was shot through the head Saturday, allegedly targeted by a deranged constituent. Doctors said Sunday that the passage of the bullet through only one side of her brain and her initial responsiveness give hope she could survive and even possibly recover.
"We are more and more encouraged," physician Michael Lemole, who is treating Giffords, said on ABC's "Good Morning America." He said doctors "want to start getting her out of bed in coming days" to avoid blood clots, and will be watching out for signs of new internal bleeding or infection.
The Arizona Democrat has entered a crucial 48-hour period when swelling from the trauma of the bullet blast could cause as much damage to her brain as the initial wound, possibly triggering a major deterioration of her condition, medical experts said. Giffords also likely faces a long period of rehabilitation to limit permanent disabilities.
Meanwhile, the legal process has begun for Jared Loughner:
Federal authorities filed murder charges Sunday against 22-year-old Jared Loughner, as new evidence suggested the alleged gunman in Saturday's rampage had fixated on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) while his mental health deteriorated.
Loughner appeared to have planned the shooting, according to court documents. In a safe at his parents' home, investigators found an envelope with the words "I planned ahead" and "my assassination" written on it, along with the name "Giffords.'' Loughner's signature is also believed to be on the envelope, the complaint says.
Finally, the six Tucson shooting victims who lost their lives are remembered:
Christina-Taylor Green: A "Face of Hope," this 9-year-old politician often wore red, white and blue in honor of her country.
Gabe Zimmerman: Recently engaged and one of Giffords's aides, he was known as a master in dealing with other people.
John M. Roll: A widely respected federal judge, Roll received death threats in 2009 after his decision allowed a case brought forward by illegal immigrants to proceed to a jury trial.
Dorwin Stoddard: A fixture at the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ, Stoddard blocked his wife from gunfire, eyewitness reports said.
Phyllis Schneck: A great-grandmother, the 79-year-old retiree admired Giffords's stance on border safety.
Dorothy Morris: The 76-year-old retiree, Dorothy Morris, attended the event with her husband and high school sweetheart George Morris.