Rep. Giffords 1st

June 12, 2011 by staff 

Rep. Giffords 1stRep. Giffords 1st, The images of a smiling Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were published Sunday in her Facebook page, two photos that show her with shorter, darker hair, but few signs that he suffered a gunshot wound to the head. The photos were taken May 17 from the rehabilitation center outside Houston, where Giffords has been undergoing treatment since he was injured for five months at an event to meet and greet constituents. Six people died and dozens were injured in the attack of 08 January in Tucson, Arizona

Since then, access to the Arizona congressman has been well controlled. Until Sunday, no clear images were released. The only sign Giffords recently arrived in late April, when television pictures showed the grain slowly up a flight of a NASA plane that brought her to Florida to see her husband astronaut rockets into space. The image was so blurred that it was impossible to confirm until doctors Giffords did in a press conference in mid-May.

Giffords spokesman CJ Karamargin said staff members published the photos on Sunday to help meet the “intense interest in the appearance of the congressman.”

The timing coincides with Giffords plans to release the hospital later this month or early July. His staff hopes the images will help curb the unwanted picture when you start visiting an outpatient clinic in a public environment.

“What we wanted to avoid was a frenzy of paparazzi-like Karamargin said.

The images were taken professionally shot before Giffords had surgery to replace a piece of her skull that had been withdrawn shortly after the shooting to allow her brain to swell. The images suggest that the Congress is returning to its previous appearance – but still looks a little different than before.

But the pictures give little indication of cognitive Giffords’ – which, for example, her speech is like after being shot in the left side of the head, which controls the communication. The images give no indication of when, or if, she will be able to resume work.

“There is nothing unique in the external display,” said Jordan Grafman, chief of the Traumatic Brain Injury Research Laboratory Foundation Research Center Kessler in West Orange, New Jersey, explaining that many brain injury patients look good few months after being wounded.

“But the image does not tell us the internal mental state or your own brain, how it is working,” said Grafman, who has not tried to Giffords. “What is your social skills do they have a subtle sense of humor? Can participate in activities? All that is important.”

Pia Carusone, head Giffords’ staff has indicated that while the congressman is able to speak and walk, she remains a shadow of itself.

Karamargin said Giffords left eye “appears smaller in the photos because a portion of her skull was gone when it was taken. That has since been repaired. He said her hair is shorter, and now shaved surgery to repair the skull.

The photos capture the ecstatic mood Giffords’ after the release of her husband the space shuttle.

“She has to see her husband successfully a rocket trip to space,” said Karamargin. “So who would not be happy?”

He added: “I think this photo speaks volumes about the strength of the congressman and the recovery is shown to someone in a good mood, someone who is happy, someone who has a very positive attitude.”

Of the two paintings, one thinks more clearly, that of a smiling Giffords looking directly at the camera. The left side of her head appears a bit distorted and swollen. A second photo shows Giffords in a more informal – smiling while sitting next to her mother, Gloria Giffords, clear vegetation behind the hospital.

Photographer Tucson PK Weis took the photos.

Carusone told the Associated Press on Saturday that doctors and family were considered “many factors”, while weighing when to release the hospital Giffords. She did not elaborate.

“We are seeing before the end of the month. We are looking for early July,” said Carusone. “We have a date.”

In an interview published Thursday in the Arizona Republic, Carusone said Giffords could express their desires and basic needs but have difficulty spinning phrases to verbalize more complex thoughts and feelings. Giffords said, is based on gestures and facial expressions.

“She is the loan to other forms of communication. His words have become more and more now, but she continues to use facial expressions as a way to express you. Drawing. Gestures,” Carusone said.

The description matches what experts expect from someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Often, they can be easily confused, have trouble setting priorities, suffer from some memory loss and may have difficulty recognizing people. Some find it difficult to do several tasks simultaneously.

Most cognitive recovery occurs in the first six months and one year after injury, but that makes it less noticeable as time passes. In the second year, progress falls sharply.

Carusone said if Giffords were recovering the plateau now, “would not be near the quality of life I had before.”

“All we can hope for is that plateau today and she’ll go ahead and when it does plateau, will be in a place far from here,” he said.

While Giffords liberation ‘of the hospital marks a crucial step in her recovery, she still must undergo months of outpatient rehabilitation including speech, occupational and physical therapy.

The publication of the photos seemed to please the public and their fans.

On Facebook, the photos immediately generated conversations and comments, with dozens Giffords blessing and her family, congratulating her for her perseverance and courage and ability to overcome difficulties.

Some mentioned Loughna Jared Lee, 22, shooting the suspect has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the shooting and is being held in a central Missouri. A judge found him incompetent to stand trial, but prosecutors are hoping that their competition can be restored so it can be brought to trial.

However, others wondered about how much progress has been made Giffords.

“It would be nice to get a truly honest assessment of their internal cognitive experience,” Alex Hakkinen, who told the AP that, works with brain-injured patients in a rehabilitation center in Lawrenceville, NJ

Hakkinen Giffords said the staff “has an obligation to get it out in public at some point that voters can assess their skills, perhaps in a” fireside chat “of sorts. Or should recognize that she is unable to do so now, said.

State Sen. Linda Lopez said Giffords looks beautiful.

“Wow! I saw at the end of March, and yet, Gabby was all there, her smile, her personality,” said Lopez on Facebook. “And she looks even better.”

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