Giffords' Condition: 'No Change Is Good And We Have No Change,' Dr. Says

January 10, 2011

Mark Memmott

"We're not out of the woods yet," Dr. G. Michael Lemole, section chief of neurosurgery at University Medical Center in Tucson, just told reporters in a briefing about the condition of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and others wounded in Saturday's shooting rampage.

Giffords, 40, was shot in the head. "At this phase in the game, no change is good and we have no change," Lemole said. The congresswoman continues to respond -- for example, by moving her fingers -- to questions posed by her doctors.

CAT scans, Lemole added, show there's been "no progression of ... swelling" in her brain.

Dr. Peter Rhee, the hospital's trauma chief, said that eight patients remain at the hospital. Two, including Giffords, are in intensive care, he said. One of those two is still in "critical" condition -- he didn't say specifically that Giffords is that person, but her condition has previously been described as critical. Five patients are in "serious" condition. Two are in "good" condition.

Six people were killed in the rampage. Another 14 were wounded.

Update at 12:17 p.m. ET: The briefing just ended. Dr. Rainer Gruessner, head of surgery, told reporters the hospital will next update them on the patients' conditions on Wednesday. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.