Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How did Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords survive being shot in the head?

 Arizona Congressional Representative Gabrielle (Gaby) Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt as she met with people from her congressional district. She survived a point-blank shot through her brain. 13 others are also injured and tragically, 6 people were killed by the gunman before bystanders wrestled him to the ground.

Based on what you know about neuroanatomy, what might Congresswoman Giffords' recovery be like? What abilities may she lose due to this injury?

Why did doctors remove a large portion of her skull? Why is she being kept in a "medically induced coma?"

The site WebMD has a good set of answers to frequently asked questions

The New York Times also wrote about the issues around Rep. Giffords' injury.

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