Thursday, June 9, 2011

If No One Else Will Say This,Then I Will

Via American Power;
It's a miracle she's alive, but still, this is sad news for those who hoped and prayed for her return to public life. At LAT:
Gabrielle Giffords is nowhere close to returning to Congress. And there remains real doubt about whether she ever will.

That appears to be the bottom line of an article Thursday in the Arizona Republic that provides the most complete assessment yet of the wounded congresswoman’s current condition. Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman in Tucson in January. Now, six months later, she still struggles mightily to communicate, although her staff believes her comprehension skills are strong. And it remains unclear just how much damage her brain has suffered.

Asked for a blunt description of Giffords’ condition, her chief of staff, Pia Carusone, replied: "She's living. She's alive. But if she were to plateau today, and this was as far as she gets, it would not be nearly the quality of life she had before."

As to whether she resembles herself before the shooting, Carusone said, “There's no comparison. All that we can hope for is that she won't plateau today and that she'll keep going, and that when she does plateau, it will be at a place far away from here."

The news may be sobering, but it's not necessarily a surprise. The state of Giffords' health has been closely guarded information as early, hopeful accounts of her rapid physical and motor recovery yielded to more cautious -- and less frequent -- reports. She remains at a Houston rehabilitation facility while her staff manages her day-to-day congressional business.

Although her two trips to Florida to witness the launch of her husband’s space shuttle mission were hailed as significant milestones, she was kept from the public. No photo of her after the shooting has yet been released, but Carusone said that day is coming.
It has been 6 months since Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords suffered a severe gun shot wound to the head and miraculously she survived.In those 6 months she has made great strides in her recovery but it is unknown how much of her life she will regain. According to the report her Chief of Staff,Pia Carusone,it will be a very long while,if ever,Giffords regains her normal life.

During these past 6 months,while Gabrielle Giffords has been fighting for her life and to regain her life,the people of Arizona's 8th Congressional District have gone unrepresented in Congress.It is clear that Congresswoman Giffords will not be able to resume her seat before her term expires at the end of 2012.The people of the 8th District will go almost 2 years without representation and thats not fair to them.

It is time for Gabrielle Giffords to resign her seat in Congress.I know what happened to her was horrible but it is only delaying the inevidentable for her to hold on to this seat.Its the right thing to do.Its right for Miss Giffords and its right for the 8th District too.

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