Wounded US lawmaker breathing without ventilator

WASHINGTON- The US lawmaker shot in the head in Arizona was removed from a ventilator Saturday and is breathing on her own through a tube inserted into her windpipe, the University Medical Center in Tucson announced.
Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived despite being shot through the head from point-blank range a week ago, remains in critical condition.

Wounded US lawmaker breathing without ventilator
"A surgical procedure (tracheotomy) was performed this morning on the Congresswoman to replace the breathing tube that ran down her throat with a tracheotomy tube in her windpipe, protecting her airway and freeing her from the ventilator," the hospital said in a statement posted on its website.
"Her recovery continues as planned," it said. Surgeons also inserted a feeding tube.
Six people died, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl, and 14 were wounded in the burst of violence a week ago outside a Tucson supermarket, where Giffords was holding a public event with her constituents.
Giffords, 40, opened her eyes for the first time minutes after President Barack Obama visited her Wednesday.
Alleged gunman Jared Loughner, a 22-year-old local resident, is in custody.
The youngest victim of the Tucson shootings was laid to rest on Thursday, a day after Obama, at a Tucson memorial service, hailed the 9-year-old as an inspiration to US politicians to heal their poisonous divisions.
Christina Taylor Green has become the heart-breaking public face of the attacks which unleashed a wave of soul-searching about America's political culture.

Sunday, January 16th 2011

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