Doctors 'cautiously optimistic' about recovery of Arizona congresswoman

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Doctors at University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona said they are "cautiously optimistic" about Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' prognosis, one day after she was shot in the head at a political event.

One of the surgeons who operated on Giffords told reporters at a media briefing Sunday morning that she is able to communicate with them, although she cannot open her eyes and cannot speak.  He explained that she is able to squeeze her hand in response to questions.

Doctors say Congresswoman Giffords remains in critical condition and is kept in a "medical coma" most of the time.  They said she is not suffering from being operated on or from being placed on a ventilator. Doctors refused to speculate on her long term prognosis.

They said the bullet entered the left side of Giffords' head from the back to the front.

"Things are going well and we are all very happy at this stage", said Dr. Peter Rhee.

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