Page 5 of 6 FirstFirst 123456 LastLast
Results 61 to 75 of 85

Thread: Congresswoman shot in Arizona

  1. #61
    NYC Aficionado from Oz Merry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    7,476

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ninjahedge View Post
    btw fab, i think your reference passed right over........
    lol!

  2. #62
    Forum Veteran Daquan13's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    East Boston, MA.
    Posts
    2,728

    Default

    Does anyone know whether a memorial will be built there for the victims who were murdered?

  3. #63
    Chief Antagonist Ninjahedge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Rutherford
    Posts
    12,773

    Default

    In all honesty, I hope not.

    We are building far too many remembrances and not doing things that would actually change the situation so no more would be needed.


    Are our memories so bad we need to build something physical in order to remember them?


    A simple plaque embedded in the walk would be enough. Something that would bookmark the sad day, but nothing that commemorate a crazy mans success.

  4. #64
    Crabby airline hostess - stache's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Nairobi Hilton
    Posts
    8,511

    Default

    ^ Agree. I can't see a memorial in a strip mall.

  5. #65

    Default

    Giffords' condition upgraded to serious

    Hospital says the congresswoman is breathing without a ventilator


    NBC, msnbc.com and news services
    updated 1 hour 5 minutes ago 2011-01-17T00:17:44

    TUCSON, Ariz. — The condition of a U.S. congresswoman wounded in a Jan. 8 assasination attempt improved to serious Sunday after procedures to remove a ventilator were successful.
    Doctors decided to upgrade Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' condition from critical because the tracheotomy done a day earlier went well, and Giffords was breathing on her own, hospital spokeswoman Katie Riley said.
    Though Giffords had been breathing on her own since she was shot in the head Jan. 8, doctors had left the breathing tube in as a precaution. A feeding tube was also put in to provide nutrition. Those procedures are not out of the ordinary for brain-injured patients. Giffords' doctors have said they should be able to evaluate her ability to speak once the breathing tube is out.
    "Her recovery continues as planned," the hospital said in a statement.
    Giffords, who was wounded in last weekend's attack that killed six people, remains in critical condition at University Medical Center. Investigator say Giffords, among 13 people wounded, was the primary target of alleged shooter Jared Loughner.
    Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, has remained by her bedside.
    One patient was discharged Saturday while two others remain in good condition.

    More subtle changes
    On Friday, neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Lemole said doctors are "actually confident" about the progress she's making in her recovery.
    Trauma chief Dr. Peter Rhee told MSNBC cable Friday that Giffords' recovery is "on schedule."
    "She is progressing normally without any complications or setbacks. She’s progressing at a good speed for this time period. Even overnight, she’s made significant progress," Rhee said.
    Story: As shock subsides, pain sets in for Ariz. victims Giffords has been sitting up, dangling her legs on the edge of the hospital bed and moving her limbs in response to commands. But moving forward, Rhee expects changes to be less dramatic than they've been this week. "We’ll see a lot of things in the next two months," the surgeon said on MSNBC cable Friday. "Then the changes will be more subtle for the next year ... and after that.”
    Lemole, said after days of pushing for caution, "We're wise to acknowledge miracles."
    Story: Bullet to the head can be overcome, survivors say

    The difference between life and death
    The path of the bullet that struck Giffords' brain, quick and quality medical care, and luck meant the difference between life and death, according to her doctors and brain experts.
    Doctors think the bullet pierced the front of Giffords' head and exited the back, slicing the left side of the brain, which controls speech abilities and muscles on the right side of the body.




    Had the bullet damaged both sides of the brain or struck the brain stem, which connects to the spinal cord, the outcome would likely be worse — extensive permanent damage, vegetative state or death.
    When Giffords arrived at the hospital, doctors first checked to make sure she didn't have any other injuries. They took a brain scan and wheeled her to the operating room in a swift 38 minutes.
    The same attack in the desert many miles away from a trauma center may have led to a different ending.
    It's still too early to tell the extent of damage Giffords suffered, but experts say it's rare for people with gunshot wounds to the head to regain all of their abilities. Damage to the left side of the brain can result in memory loss, difficulty reading and hand-eye coordination problems."Her full-time job now for the next year is working on her recovery and rebuilding her life around her disability whatever it may be," said Dr. Stephan Mayer, professor of clinical neurology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, who has no role in Giffords' care.
    About 1.7 million people in the United States suffer traumatic brain injuries every year, with about 20 percent of them caused by violence, including gunshots. About 52,000 people die as a result of their injuries and about 275,000 are hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the deaths caused by traumatic brain injury, perhaps 35 percent to 40 percent are attributed to gunshots.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41104863...-womens_health


    Can't remember anything like this. Shot straight thru the brain & so far, so good. Fingers crossed. In this case living well really is the best revenge.

  6. #66

    Default

    Gabby Giffords Doesn't Know She's a Senate Front-Runner


    By Alex Eichler 09:35 AM ET

    Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot through the head at point-blank range in January, but if you're just going by the headlines, it probably seems like she's bouncing back quickly. There have been a slew of stories about her unexpectedly fast recovery, and a lot of chatter about Giffords being a contender for John Kyl's Senate seat in 2012. Arizona Democrats seem ready to throw every available party resource at Giffords the moment she expresses an interest in that race, and The New York Times pointed out last month that the campaign spots essentially write themselves.

    But an article in the latest issue of Newsweek by former New Yorker staff writer Peter Boyer suggests that Giffords's recovery hasn't progressed as far as the public may believe, and that the plans for Giffords to return to Congress are mostly dreams and wishes at this point. Here's some of what we learn from Boyer's piece:

    Giffords "does not even know that she is considered a possible candidate" for Kyl's Senate seat. While most everyone agrees that Giffords is incredibly popular and could win any race she chose to enter, she doesn't realize her staff has Senatorial ambitions for her. "We haven't discussed any Senate race with her," said Giffords's husband, Mark Kelly. "And I have no plans to do that for some time. She's focused on her recovery."

    For a long time, Giffords didn't know she'd been shot. "In the early weeks of her recovery, Giffords apparently believed that she'd been involved in an auto accident," writes Boyer. Her family and friends avoided telling her about the shooting until "a few weeks ago." According to Boyer, she "still doesn't know ... that among the dead were a 9-year-old girl, her beloved young staffer, Gabe Zimmerman, and her friend, federal Judge John Roll." Pia Carusone, Giffords's chief of staff, says that Giffords is "not able to speak at the level she wants to yet ... So telling her something as tragic as this, without her being to formulate the exact, complex followup questions she wants to, is not fair."

    She still has a long road to recovery. "Giffords speaks haltingly, stringing together three- or four-word responses to questions, and is beginning to formulate entire sentences," writes Boyer. He quotes the neurosurgeon Dong Kim, who says that Giffords has shown "much faster recovery than the average patient," but adds that "if somebody has a severe brain injury, are they ever going to be like they were before? The answer is no. They are never going to be the exact same person."

    Right now, Giffords's staff is basically doing her job in Congress. After the shooting, "an entity called 'the office of Gabrielle Giffords' ... effectively became the representative for the Eighth District of Arizona," writes Boyer. And it's a potent force. An Arizona Democrat named Rodney Glassman has talked about running for Kyl's Senate seat, but says he'll immediately step out of the way and "turn over his contribution list and infrastructure" to Giffords if she enters the race--even though, as Boyer's article makes clear, we're a long way from that point yet.


    Copyright 2011 by The Atlantic Monthly Group

  7. #67

    Default

    First photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords show congresswoman as she recovers from gun shot to head

    By Michael Sheridan
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Sunday, June 12th 2011, 8:16 AM


    Photo of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords - seen here with unidentified woman - taken at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, the day after the launch of Endeavour

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is all smiles in a pair of photos that were released Sunday, the first to show the Congresswoman since she was shot in the head in January.
    The photos, posted to her Facebook page, show the politician with cropped hair and glasses. One features her with another, unidentified woman. The other is of her alone.
    Giffords has been in a Houston rehab facility since two weeks after the Jan. 8 shooting. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including Giffords.
    Since the incident, she was seen only briefly and from a distance boarding a plane in April. She made the trek to watch her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, launch into space aboard the space shuttle Endeavour.
    On Thursday, Pia Carusone, Giffords' chief of staff suggested the congresswoman was nearly ready to release a photo.
    "This is a one-step-at-a-time process," she told the Arizona Republic. "It has been a difficult and busy time with everything. Every week, there is something new."
    Carusone said the recovery process has been difficult for Giffords.
    "She's living. She's alive. But if she were to plateau today, and this was as far as she gets, it would not be nearly the quality of life she had before," she told the newspaper.
    Since the shooting, Giffords has made remarkable strides, requesting her favorite foods, singing her favorite songs, and relearning how to walk and talk, although she struggles to string sentences together.
    Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from her shooting and is being held at a Missouri facility. A judge declared him incompetent to stand trial, but prosecutors hope his competency can be restored so he can answer for the charges.


    With News Wire Services
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...rs_from_g.html

  8. #68
    Senior Member DUMBRo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Out Yonder...
    Posts
    180

    Default

    Amazed at how good she looks. And this was before a new partial skull implant was successfully put in place. Go Gabby!

  9. #69
    Crabby airline hostess - stache's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Nairobi Hilton
    Posts
    8,511

    Default

    Poor lady, I only wish her the best.

  10. #70
    European Import KenNYC's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Manhattan - BPC
    Posts
    774

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Daquan13 View Post
    Does anyone know whether a memorial will be built there for the victims who were murdered?
    The only memorial that would mean anything these days would be repealing the 2nd amendment. And we all know that's not going to happen.

  11. #71

    Default



    When you're smiling.
    When you're smiling.
    The whole world smiles with you.

  12. #72
    Forum Veteran MidtownGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    East Midtown
    Posts
    6,832

    Default

    God bless her. I'm so glad she is doing well and able to smile.

  13. #73

    Default

    Nothing was learned over this woman's shooting? What's going on here?

    The front page of today's NYTimes feautures this story:

    More states are allowing people who lost their gun rights due to mental health issues to have them restored.
    Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back

    The article is 7 pages long ...I'm only posting a few paragraphs:

    PULASKI, Va. — In May 2009, Sam French hit bottom, once again. A relative found him face down in his carport “talking gibberish,” according to court records. He later told medical personnel that he had been conversing with a bear in his backyard and hearing voices. His family figured he had gone off his medication for bipolar disorder, and a judge ordered him involuntarily committed — the fourth time in five years he had been hospitalized by court order.
    When Mr. French’s daughter discovered that her father’s commitment meant it was illegal for him to have firearms, she and her husband removed his cache of 15 long guns and three handguns, and kept them after Mr. French was released in January 2010 on a new regime of mood-stabilizing drugs.

    Ten months later, he appeared in General District Court — the body that handles small claims and traffic infractions — to ask a judge to restore his gun rights. After a brief hearing, in which Mr. French’s lengthy history of relapses never came up, he walked out with an order reinstating his right to possess firearms. The next day, Mr. French retrieved his guns. “The judge didn’t ask me a whole lot,” said Mr. French, now 62. “He just said: ‘How was I doing? Was I taking my medicine like I was supposed to?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ ”

    Across the country, states are increasingly allowing people like Mr. French, who lost their firearm rights because of mental illness, to petition to have them restored. A handful of states have had such restoration laws on their books for some time, but with little notice, more than 20 states have passed similar measures since 2008. This surge can be traced to a law passed by Congress after the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech that was actually meant to make it harder for people with mental illness to get guns. As a condition of its support for the measure, the National Rifle Association extracted a concession: the inclusion of a mechanism for restoring firearms rights to those who lost them for mental health reasons.

    The intent of these state laws is to enable people to regain the right to buy and possess firearms if it is determined that they are not a threat to public safety. But an examination of restoration procedures across the country, along with dozens of cases, shows that the process for making that determination is governed in many places by vague standards and few specific requirements.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/03/us/03guns.html?hp

  14. #74
    Chief Antagonist Ninjahedge's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Rutherford
    Posts
    12,773

    Default

    The only thing that will convince people otherwise is if someone gets killed.

  15. #75
    Disgruntled Optimist lofter1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    NYC - Downtown
    Posts
    32,654

    Default

    Again.

Page 5 of 6 FirstFirst 123456 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


Google+ - Facebook - Twitter - Meetup

Edward's photos on Flickr - Wired New York on Flickr - In Queens - In Red Hook - Bryant Park - SQL Backup Software