What Giffords' small signals tell us about her recovery

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January 13, 2011, 8:31 am
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(NECN) - It seems congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is making solid progress following the shooting.

This morning NECN was joined by Dr. Ross Zafonte, from the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, for more insight into this serious type of injury.

He gives her a good prognosis, especially considering she's one of the lucky 10% who survive gunshot wounds to the brain.

Since Saturday, Giffords has been able to move her toes, give a thumbs up, and finally open her eyes.

"What it tells us is that she's aware of herself and others," said Zafonte. He says we'll know more within the next 6-18 months about what kind of progress Giffords will make in the long-term.

Tags: Arizona, shooting, Tucson, Gabrielle Giffords, Progress, congresswoman, recovery, brain, Dr. Ross Zafonte
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