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Doctor: ‘100 Percent Chance’ Giffords Will Survive

Excellent prognosis from Dr. Peter Rhee at University Medical Center:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is “100 percent” certain to survive, said Dr. Peter Rhee, a surgeon treating her for a gunshot wound to the head.

“As a physician I’m going to get into a lot of trouble for this, but her prognosis for survival is 100 percent, as far as it being short term,” Rhee told Britain’s Channel 4 News (watch the video below).

“Hopefully she’ll live to be 95 years old,” said Rhee, the medical director for University Medical Center’s trauma center.

“What her recovery is going to do I really don’t know. I’m very optimistic however that she’s not going to be in a vegetative type of state,” Rhee said.

“I think she’s going to make a fair amount of recovery. What kind of deficits she’ll have in the future I really can’t say at this point but I’m still very optimistic,” Rhee said.

Video here:

Daniel Foster — Daniel Foster is a former news editor of National Review Online.

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