Doc: Gif­fords ‘even more alert to­day’

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A day af­ter she ar­rived at Texas Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Hous­ton to be­gin rehabilitation, Rep. Gabrielle Gif­fords was con­tin­u­ing to progress and was “even more alert to­day,” her chief physi­cian said Satur­day.

Ger­ard Fran­cisco said the Ari­zona con­gress­woman did not speak or make any sounds when he ex­am­ined her on Satur­day. That could be be­cause Gif­fords still has a breath­ing tube.

Fran­cisco said it is too soon to say whether she can or will be able to talk.

Gif­fords was shot two weeks ago while meet­ing with con­stituents in Tuc­son.

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