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  •  To say Rep Gifford's 'injury' (4+ / 0-)

    was 'traumatic' is a severe underestimation.

    I won't get graphic here, but I am amazed that she can even walk and speak after such an insult to her brain.

    And bravo to that fine lady, that she wants to let someone else take over. She might feel overwhelmed about now, and it must be especially difficult to sacrifice personal life when she has such a wonderful spouse waiting at home for her.

    And they all lived happily after.

    "I don't need a script to tell the truth" Ed Schultz, Feb. 4 2010

    by BusyinCA on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 08:22:56 PM PST

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    •  Word. The only case I can think of (1+ / 0-)
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      that's even remotely similar is that of Phineas Gage.  Both are amazing.

      Never meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.--Bruce Graham

      by Ice Blue on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 08:43:40 PM PST

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      That type of injury is usually not surviveable, and, if survived, usually leads to very severe impairment.
         In videos, she walks as though she has some loss of function on one side of her body, as well as having the speech mpairment.
        A lot of things had to go right for her to survive that assault. It's a credit to the first responders, the ER, the surgeons, and the rehab staff that she is still with us.

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