Doctors “Optimistic” Giffords Will Survive; Nine-Year-Old Child Dead

by Daniel Foster

Neurosurgeons have completed operating on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the head of surgery at University of Arizona has said he is “about as optimistic as you can be” that Giffords will survive, given the circumstances. Giffords was shot “through and through” one side of the brain, but “for forensic reasons” he would not specify which direction the shot came from.

In heart-rending news, doctors confirmed that a nine-year-old child shot during the attack has died.

Five other patients are currently being operated on, and five patients are in critical condition.

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