Gabrielle Giffords Off Ventilator
Doctors treating Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords following last weekend's shooting rampage in Tucson announced today that the congresswoman is no longer on a ventilator.
According to an update from the University Medical Center, where Giffords is being treated, doctors performed a procedure this morning that removed the breathing tube from the congresswoman and replaced it with a tracheotomy tube, a common procedure used on patients with brain injuries, the update says.
Doctors also inserted a feeding tube to provide the congresswoman with nutrition as she continues to recover.
Doctors said yesterday that Giffords has been breathing on her own for several days, but the breathing tube was left in place as a precaution to prevent fluid from building in her lungs, which could potentially cause pneumonia.
Giffords, the report points out, is still listed in critical condition -- a designation that is expected to change as the congresswoman's miraculous recovery continues.
The hospital also announced that one victim of last weekend's rampage has been released from the hospital and two others remain in good condition.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.