CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a practicing trauma neurosurgeon and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in critical condition on a ventilator after being shot through the back of the left side of her head, yet doctors are “cautiously optimistic” about her survival. That she is alive at all is surprising to many people, but people survive these types of injuries more often than you may think.

While every patient and injury is different, on average – around 2/3 of patients with a gunshot wound (GSW) to the head don’t live long enough to make it to the hospital. Of the third that do make it, only 50% of those patients survive longer than 30 days. And of course, those numbers say nothing of long-term neurological function in the survivors.

So far, according to her doctors, Giffords is likely to be in the small minority of patients who will beat the odds. So, what placed those odds in her favor?

First off, she received very quick care, and was in the operating room within 38 minutes after arriving at the hospital. Her overall health and youth also provide some benefit. The injury was a “through and through” injury, meaning there was both an entry and exit wound. That’s significant because some of the energy of the bullet was dissipated into space, as opposed to all within her cranial cavity.

Neurosurgeons will want to know if the bullet passed across the midline of the brain. If it does, there is a much poorer likelihood of survival. In Giffords' case, it did not. Other positive factors: Her blood pressure didn't drop as a result of the bleeding, and the oxygen supply in her body was maintained, according to her doctors that I interviewed.

Finally, the fact Giffords was “following commands” even before she had an operation was a very positive sign.

To follow commands signifies a higher level of brain function than simple reflexive movement. It indicates that she was able to hear the command. She was able to process the meaning of that command, and finally, she was able to execute the command. I spoke to Dr. Randall Friese, the trauma surgeon who examined Giffords when she arrived at the hospital. He told me she was clearly able to understand him, and squeezed his hand when asked to do so. And, after the operation, Giffords was still able to follow commands.

During an operation like this, doctors want to control bleeding, remove fragments of bone that have penetrated the brain, and remove any dead brain tissue along the trajectory of the bullet.

Also, her neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Lemole, removed additional bone on the left side of her head, as I explain in the video above.  That is called a craniectomy, and is done to prevent the catastrophic consequences of brain swelling, which is a big and real concern over the next several days. Think of it like this: Unlike organs in others parts of your body, if the brain swells, it has no place to expand - as it is confined by the rigid skull. Because Lemole removed portions of the skull, he provided extra room for the brain to swell. Incidentally, the bone that’s removed is saved, and put back in the head during a future operation.

In medicine and surgery, doctors are reluctant to quote statistics, because every patient is a true individual –that includes Gabrielle Giffords. And, no doubt, Giffords is not “out of the woods” yet. But, “cautiously optimistic” sounds pretty good after an injury as devastating as this one.

soundoff (286 Responses)
  1. Yobee Jabronee

    oooufff Tough Gal indeed

    January 10, 2011 at 06:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mars1010

      Sanjay ROCKS! I just love him.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      Any nut with a gun.

      January 10, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
    • ybs

      OK folks, let's unite & simply wish Gabrielle a complete, expeditious recovery 'http://bit.ly/recoverwell

      All (left/right/middle/religious/non-religious folks) are welcome!

      January 10, 2011 at 15:33 | Report abuse |
    • John Allen

      a non-hollow point bullet allow the energy to leave with most of its energy in tact was a major factor – hollow points do the exact opposite – i agree with the Arizona Sheriff; guns and ammo do not belong in everyone's hands...

      January 10, 2011 at 16:15 | Report abuse |
    • MGoBlue

      Sanjay back to his neurosurgery roots!

      January 10, 2011 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
    • stk5357

      I don't get it...how come shewas shot in the back of the head? I thought this guy was in the audience?

      January 10, 2011 at 18:02 | Report abuse |
    • jake

      Thanks Palin !!

      January 10, 2011 at 22:22 | Report abuse |
  2. matt baron

    Outstanding explanation; as someone who knows little about medicine, I appreciate the clarity here.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Yes! Dr. G is a fab teacher, along with his other exceptional traits. What a guy. Must have a very proud mom and dad.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
    • kwag

      Sanjay's the one I'd want on my team if I were injured. He's great at explanations without talking down to a person. Really smart and it seems like he really likes his work.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse |
    • rh

      Yes, I really appreciate the explanation and clarity of it.

      Everything in life is a dice roll, but it helps to have a lot of pull.

      January 10, 2011 at 15:35 | Report abuse |
  3. ray gibbs

    excellent report on our brave Congresswoman

    January 10, 2011 at 07:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jimmy the freak

      What makes her brave is the fact that she continued to meet with the people, even after death threats. I doubt if I would have gone out in public if I knew someone had me in his ( or her) crosshairs.

      January 10, 2011 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
    • hersh

      What makes her brave. 1:) She continued as a public servant after death threats. 2:) She is a public servant in such a cynical society. 3:) She is fighting for her life after some "nut job" shot her in the head.
      Did Ray Gibbs even mention the 9 year old girl in his post? No. So why do you? He was commenting on Giffords.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:07 | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      For all of you out there who have not been married death threats for your point of view is not uncommon. Mostly you understand that it is very unlikely to ever happen and it is just words. It's only the true phsyco who actually cary anything out.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:13 | Report abuse |
    • Lise Quinn

      @John Que 3000
      The comment of her being brave is not related to the nine year old. It does not imply that anyone else was unbrave. It simply is a comment about the congresswoman. No hidden agenda, no disrespect to anyone.

      January 10, 2011 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • Alana

      Your comment was really irrelevant and unneeded, John Que 3000.

      January 10, 2011 at 19:21 | Report abuse |
  4. Alvin

    Credit also deserves to be given to her 20YO intern Daniel. The news on CNN states that within seconds he was on the ground propping her head up so that she could breath easier as well as using his bare hands to minimize bleeding. When employees brought out smocks, he then applied pressure using those to apply pressure to the wound. He held her hand the entire ride to the hospital which I'm sure was priceless in helping to minimize the shock she was experiencing. Great job done by a young man in a horrific situation.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BGSU81

      He greatly reduced the risk of death right then and there.

      January 10, 2011 at 07:26 | Report abuse |
    • stew

      I agree, Alvin. More credit should be given to her aide. His basic medical training probably made more of a difference to her outcome than anything else.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:24 | Report abuse |
    • stew

      ...well...getting her to surgery at least. I don't want to downplay the surgeon's or surgeons' role(s) in this, but had this guy not jumped in immediately, she might not have survived long enough to get to surgery.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      My thoughts exactly. In Army Medic training, you're taught that initial triage has a huge impact on the survival of devastating wounds.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:50 | Report abuse |
    • looking_at_you

      I agree with this post 100%. The intern was a life saver for the congresswoman. I pray for a complete recovery for the congresswoman and all other’s who were injured. May the good LORD rest the souls of those who have gone before us; and comfort their bereaved families? The loss hit me hard and I do not know any of the victims; however I am a citizen of the USA and I am ashamed of this action and the state of our homeland. The loss of the 9 year old young girl is heartbreaking. May the LORD add a blessing to the bereaved parent’s and the entire bereaved family.

      It's time to make a change!

      Here's Looking at You!

      January 10, 2011 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
    • chris

      I agree that his quick thinking helped keep her alive. First response is always crucial.

      January 10, 2011 at 23:22 | Report abuse |
  5. dr c

    Wow, if your brain cannot process the message because of a spell check error, maybe you were the one shot in the back of the head. As a doctor reading and writing a thousand notes and orders a week, it amazes me how many people can't wait to pounce on the part of the message that required the least brain power. Thanks Dr. G

    January 10, 2011 at 07:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • McShanks

      Wow. Really?

      January 10, 2011 at 09:16 | Report abuse |
    • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

      Yep realE

      January 10, 2011 at 10:25 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      "As a doctor [...], it [...]." Way to go, buddy, on your own proper use of grammar. I'm glad a doctor is an "it" now.

      January 10, 2011 at 22:42 | Report abuse |
    • Jackie

      JT: In this sentence, "it" does not refer to the doctor, but to the fact that people continually jump down the throats of those who write difficult articles because of petty grammar errors. Your lack of reading comprehension completely undermines your derision of this sentence.

      January 10, 2011 at 23:33 | Report abuse |
  6. Jim

    Yes, I read about the intern's quick response. He is a hero. Sanjay Gupta always does an outstanding job. Great report as we all hope for the Congresswoman's recovery and wish her family well and some level of comfort.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. john

    Well let us all pray that Mrs Gifford recovers soon. Very lucky indeed. Gun control people, gun control!!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 07:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DUH

      Gun control? If all 20 victims actually had guns with them during the shooting, the perp would have been dead before he fired the 3rd round.

      January 10, 2011 at 08:38 | Report abuse |
    • medic Jim

      Agreed. Because this countries anti-crime laws have kept us sooo much safer. When guns are outlawed...you know the rest.

      January 10, 2011 at 08:39 | Report abuse |
    • Tex JB

      DUH - Maybe, but how much other collateral damage would there have been? If you have several people shooting, how do you know which one is the perp?

      January 10, 2011 at 09:03 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      As always your type gets it backwards in a feeble attempt to place blame on inanimate objects. It isn't Gun control people...it is...people control gun. You're only adding to the problem by directing the blame away from people...creating another excuse.

      January 10, 2011 at 09:18 | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      It sounds like a lot of people knew this guy was crazy. If he was able to obtain this gun legally, I think that is a pretty big flaw in our current gun control process.

      January 10, 2011 at 09:51 | Report abuse |
    • DP

      >>>Gun control? If all 20 victims actually had guns with them during the shooting, the perp would have been dead before he fired the 3rd round.<<<

      Yeah, or 17 people would be killed because everyone's shooting at everyone else. Or, the police show up and don't know WHO THE SUSPECT IS BECAUSE 36 PEOPLE HAVE GUNS DRAWN.

      But yeah, other than that, it's a perfect solution to arm everyone to the teeth.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • Subbiepops

      "arm everyone to the teeth"

      I'm not exactly sure where you read that statement, but I don't believe the intent was that everyone should be armed to the teeth. I believe there are arguments for and against gun control – Making it tougher to obtain guns will only prevent honest people from obtaining them. Unless guns are elliminated from this earth, there is nothing to prevent a determined individual from obtaining a device that will shoot a projectile. Whether it be home-made or purpose-built, if there is criminal intent, that individual will figure out a way. So, we elliminate ALL firearms from the face of the earth . . . then we start elliminating ANYTHING that can be used as a weapon? Where do we stop?

      Instead of becoming a closed-in society where we live in constant fear, why don't we make bigger examples of individuals that can not live by the rule of law? Have fun with that one . . .

      January 10, 2011 at 11:37 | Report abuse |
    • DP

      Sorry, my comment was specifically referencing the idea that EVERYONE should be carrying guns. To me, there's no difference between carrying one gun vs. 10 guns.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:42 | Report abuse |
    • mental

      what we need is a metal assessment from a licensed doctor before you are able to purchase a gun. anyone that is on a anti psychotic drug should not be allowed to own a gun or reside in a home with guns. it just makes sense.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:31 | Report abuse |
    • DesertRat

      I'm a conservative and for better gun control. I don't care if people can carry strapped, own a small arnsenal, whatever–but you should have to pass a psych eval and have a longer waiting period to allow for a better background check. The latter probably wouldn't have helped here, but the first would've. I doubt having anyone else armed would've helped, unless you're talking about a trained individual. People really underestimate what adrenaline and shock can do to your ability to act effectively.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:56 | Report abuse |
    • Colin in Florida

      In England and Australia it's almost impossible for average people to own handguns. Yet they still have armed robberies in those countries, with crooks having illegal guns.

      January 10, 2011 at 19:01 | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Sniffles

      Nobody here seems to realize that in Arizona you can already carry a loaded gun without a concealed weapon permit. Totally legal there. Impact it made on the crime? None. If people there had them, they wisely chose not to use them in a crowd.

      January 10, 2011 at 21:30 | Report abuse |
    • Jon Samuel

      DP – not sure what you are smoking that impairs your judgment. If the public were "armed to the teeth" there wouldn't be "36 people with weapons drawn when the police arrive". There would be a dead murderer, fewer victims and hundreds of witnesses to help the police sort it out. An armed citizen that just shot a mass murderer is not going to be pointing a weapon at the police. He will be handing his weapon to the police. Your solution to "wait for the police" resulted in a lot of dead bodies in this case.

      January 10, 2011 at 23:54 | Report abuse |
  8. emunadate

    We need to find better security to protect our people. Maybe we can learn from Israel. They have the best security in the world....http://emunadate.blogspot.com/2011/01/packages.html

    January 10, 2011 at 07:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JoeW

      First, great report by Sanjay Gupta. Very concise and clear–very informative.

      Second, it always amazes me how the answer to anything security-wise is "do what the Israeli's do." We do learn a lot from them. But their security situation is somewhat different from our's–they tend to have a very definable "enemy" with a strong database that they use to identify potential risks. The suspect in this case wasn't from Al Qaeda, he was a US citizen. It's somewhat comparable to Itzhak Rabin being assassinated by a fellow Israeli.

      January 10, 2011 at 08:34 | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Most all adults in Israel own and many carry firearms. Something to think about ... Tho there often isn't much actual new thinking or open minds in discussions of firearms. Maybe if everyone started by thinking "I could be wrong" ...

      January 10, 2011 at 08:43 | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I agree that Israel gets a lot right with security. But lets be honest, would you feel safer in Israel or the US? If you go by the numbers, I think you will find that it is much safer in the US.

      January 10, 2011 at 09:58 | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      If you think our federal budget is bloated now, just try installing Israeli type security for our nation.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:39 | Report abuse |
    • DP

      >>>Most all adults in Israel own and many carry firearms. Something to think about ... Tho there often isn't much actual new thinking or open minds in discussions of firearms. Maybe if everyone started by thinking "I could be wrong" ...<<<

      And, what the most prevalent form of this kind of thing in Israel? Suicide bombings? Blowing up buses? So, you're advocating that we elevate the level of violence by arming everyone? Nice.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • Subbiepops

      "So, you're advocating that we elevate the level of violence by arming everyone?"

      Again you make an assumption Mark is advocating arming everyone 'en-masse? Where do you read that at? I believe it was simply a statement, not a recommendation. Now, is it a statement in fact? I have no idea, I don't live in Isreal, but I do have the capability to do my own independant research if I choose (I don't).

      I believe the better take away from Mark's statement is "I could be wrong". But I do realize that has very deep meaing, so just think on it for a while. It will eventually make sense to you . . .

      January 10, 2011 at 11:46 | Report abuse |
  9. Fred

    Maybe better security would include NOT selling guns to crazy people

    January 10, 2011 at 07:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bb


      January 10, 2011 at 08:22 | Report abuse |
    • dissenter

      So now we let the state decide who is crazy and voila. Dissenters beware. The USA is becoming more lock-step than ever.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:31 | Report abuse |
    • snowed in in atl

      Well, the alternative seems to be that dissenters are shot and occasionally killed.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      Well, my belief is "don't sell guns to anyone", but I know that is unpopular.

      January 10, 2011 at 16:41 | Report abuse |
  10. Fred

    "First off, she received very quick care, and was in the operating room within 38 minutes after arriving at the hospital"

    ...as opposed to the other 99% of people who get shot, who are not politicians, and so do NOT get special treatment!

    January 10, 2011 at 07:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Josh

      Her Status did not have anything to do with the prompt care she received. If the same thing was to happen to you or I we would receive the same standard of care. It is asinine to assume otherwise!

      January 10, 2011 at 08:32 | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      Josh, you must have never been to Henry County Medical Center, you will bleed to death in that place if you do not have insurance, and or, you are not in with the so called in crowd.

      January 10, 2011 at 09:29 | Report abuse |
    • Fred


      Actually, I think it is assinine and more than a little naive to beleive that the level of care she recieved is the same as some poor kid who gets shot in the street.

      January 10, 2011 at 09:56 | Report abuse |
    • DesertRat

      Perhaps I'm a little biased since my kid has been at UMC a lot, but I suspect her "luck" has a lot more to do with the fact that she was within minutes of Southern Arizona's only Level 1 trauma center, with a lead neurosurgeon who served in the military. UMC has some of the best docs in the region there.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:02 | Report abuse |
    • gayleprints

      I disagree that her status brought special treatment "some poor kid from the street" wouldn't get. My cousin was shot in the head in a dispute in L.A. a few years ago. Similar injury – GSW to the left side of the head, only passing through one hemisphere of the brain. He has recovered fully, minus some physical limitations of the right arm / hand. It has ALOT to do with the individual's ability to heal, and post-injury therapies.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:45 | Report abuse |
  11. medic Jim

    It was a TEAM effort that saved this woman; fast acting bystanders, EMS, ER staff, OR staff, etc....

    January 10, 2011 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Tom

    Excellent explanation..thank you and best wishes to the Giffords and all those affected by this horrendous act.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jerry

    It is an excellent blog post. Thank you Dr Gupta. If I were you, though, I would immediately fire your editors. As a neurosurgeon, you likely demand a high level of perfection. Given that your editors either can't spell or don't take the time to check is terrible.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jason

      Yeah, Jerry, because you've never made any mistakes at your job.

      Plus, more unemployment is exactly what this country needs.

      Take a chill pill and call me in the morning.

      January 10, 2011 at 09:55 | Report abuse |
    • Barb

      Jason, how about hiring editors that do a good job? The amount of spelling and grammatical errors is atrocious basically across the board on news reports lately. The idea that "as long as you can understand what they're trying to say, don't worry about it" is pathetic. And people wonder why the US is falling behind education-wise compared with the rest of the world.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:31 | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Stockton

    Will the congresswoman's doctors use controlled hypothermia to counter swelling?

    January 10, 2011 at 07:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. charlotte

    Can't believe people are upset over spelling in a case like this. Come on people grow up. Idiots!

    January 10, 2011 at 07:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. mari s.

    @john...yes! Indeed as Americans we seem to relish our guns. I believe in gun control. How many more and senseless murders are enough? Our right to bear arms is not going to bring back a 9 year old girl. This country is a violent country with violent and disturbed people posessing guns. The argument for is lame. Sorry screw that amendment.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • medic Jim

      Yep, all our other anti crime laws have made this country sooooo much safer.

      January 10, 2011 at 08:29 | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      Guns don't kill people people do. Trite but true. And no I’m not a gun owner.

      We need to address the root cause – bad people – there are no deterrents anymore. Lawyers and law liberalization has created a situation where criminals are treated like victims and victims like criminals. Victims have no rights. Criminals are catered to and often get off scot free or with ridiculous sentences that are mere slaps on the wrists. Criminals should be sent away for their entire sentence – not one year for a 20 year sentence. They should not get free room and board – they should work for it on public projects. And should be made to pay for extras like TV, books etc.

      While this would not be a silver bullet (pardon the pun) it would make some strong strides towards the insane situation we have today.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
    • Subbiepops

      Nikki – Thank You! Finally someone makes sense . . . We need to hold those that can NOT live within our laws accountable for their actions, PERIOD! Tougher gun control laws WON'T elliminate crime.

      Please, extend your thoughts of tougher gun laws into the future . . . So we elliminate ownership of guns to "only those individuals with a right to own a gun". Now we need to make the determination of who "those individuals" are . . . Law enforcement, military, ??? Where is the line drawn? So let's completely elliminate guns – don't allow ANYONE to own them. Does that elliminate crime? Would that have prevented this trajedy? Our country might elliminate guns, but will the entire world? Do we elliminate everything that can be used as a weapon? What about explosives, knifes, rocks, baseball bats, etc. WHERE DOES IT STOP????

      It is sad and (pardon me, I am without words to explain) that a 9-year old girl, OR ANYONE, lost their lives that day. Elliminating guns might have prevented the means to that trajedy, but no-one can say that it would have prevented the trajedy from ever happening . . .


      January 10, 2011 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
  17. freetime1

    The military has had lots and lots of head trauma cases to learn on over the last few years. Now more and more people with sever brain trauma are making it because of what they have learned. Thing is many of the people that live would never have wanted to live if they knew how their life would be after. There has been talk of living will for members of our military just because of this. But there was never any movement on it because it was to polarizing an issue. I know if I had half my brain blown out, I would rather just pass, knowing the likely outcome. Others would not care. To bad our military members don't get to decide for themselves.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. cozy

    A woman is shot in the head, miraculously shows positive signs of surviving, and people are splitting hairs about the spelling in an article? Perspective folks!

    This seems like the lack of concern that has this country insensitive to common decency. Regardless of political leanings, can we pull together and start caring about others instead of identifying spelling mistakes? A 9 year old child was murdered. You'd think we'd put more energy into understanding than showing how smart we are.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ML

      Cozy - your double standard impresses me. Last night, a homeless man died from the cold. Last night, a child in Africa died of starvation. This morning, a child stepped on a landmine in the Sudan and lost her leg. You seem to care not a whit about them, but the world must stop for Gabby Giffords and a 9 year old you don't even know the name of.

      At any rate, there is absolutely nothing any of us can do for Ms. Giffords other than pray. We can not allow ourselves to become paralyzed every time something bad happens, otherwise absolutely nothing will ever be done.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:00 | Report abuse |
    • Rune Kodaira

      ML: Bad things happen around the world, but that doesn't mean you can trivialize bad things in America. It IS a tragedy that an American congresswoman will be forced to develop aphasia at best because of a nutjob.

      January 10, 2011 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
  19. Name*Jk

    Lucas, you are one of those people who most regret meeting. Your comment helps no one, at least in the way it was delivered, except your ego. Move along kid. You're bothering all of us.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Stephanie

    Wow, I just learned more about this topic than I could imagine. Thank you! I do agree with Jerry though. You should fire your editors. Having edited many written pieces, my guess is the editors placed the headline on there, and they couldn't even get that right. I am trying to find the cnn website editor for Dr Gupta to email her directly. Perhaps it is marycnnhealth.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. ad23

    Sad that after all that has happened you can only find spelling errors! Focus on what has taken place a 9 year old child was killed. And spelling is what you comment on? You should be ashamed of yourself. Big shot that hides behind a comment board!

    January 10, 2011 at 08:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ML

      A 9 year old was shot (which this article wasn't even about), therefore spelling doesn't count. Makes perfect sense to me. What other things are we not allowed to comment on because a 9 year old was shot?

      While we are at it, could you please fill us in about other rules regarding what we aren't allowed to comment on when something completely unrelated happens? I find these rules perplexing.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
  22. Kh

    Too bad the poor 9 year old girl didn't get the same small chance.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KDW

      What does the 9y/o have to do with this article? She was shot in the chest not the head. So not relevant to the topic at hand. I don't know what the statistics are for surviving the wounds the little girl received. From what I read doctors did everything they could to save her life. Unfortunately they were unable to do so.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:43 | Report abuse |
  23. Nitpicky much?

    It trewly amazes me how redickulus peepul can be about littel misteaks in spelling or grammer. While I agree that the ability to communicate utilizing proper English is quickly becoming a lost art, I find it a bit self-centered and pompous when readers feel the need to critique an article online which I assume they were originally intending to read based on the content. I'm not a big fan of Dr. Gupta, but I found the content of this article particularly informative and written in a manner which would have been easily understood by almost anyone who read it. So do us all a favor and save the red ink for your night school literature class. After all, I don't see any of you writing articles for any major media sites, and if you do write articles which are posted online, PLEASE respond with the hyperlink – I would love to visit what must be a utopia of perfect grammar.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mikey

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      January 10, 2011 at 09:32 | Report abuse |
    • Snowed in in atl

      The shooter allegedly ranted and raved about literacy prior to enacting his plan. Now we have a bunch of grammarians ranting and raving on here. Coincidence?

      Regardless, While what happened to Rep. Giffords and the others is nothing short of tragic, what I am truly mourning is the complete and utter lack of respect for each other in this country anymore. It's NOT ok to continue extremist rhetoric from either side, gun references, or nuanced violence as a means to achieve political ends.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
  24. Mike

    Lets just pray for the families of this sad outcome and realilize it could have been a lot worse.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Chris D

    Informative and a unique perspective on the story. Thank you.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. TX

    I love shooting, but I'm pro-gun control. Most arguments on rights of firearm are lame. At times, we should give up selfish motives, e.g., a pleasurable hobby, for the society. Then, until the law forbids it, I'll continue on with this guilty pleasure LEGALLY while voting for whatever ballots for gun control.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Texas Dawn

      So you are proudly declaring yourself to be a hypocrite? As in "I don't believe in private gun ownership, but I'm not getting rid of mine until they make me because it is so much fun"? Are you also the type that doesn't believe in drunk driving in principal, but you do it anyway because you haven't killed anyone yet? Pick a side and stay on it.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:37 | Report abuse |
  27. Sirena

    Thanks for the great explanation. I am praying that she has an amazing recovery and that she keeps going with a huge spotlight on her work now. Also praying for all the victims and families involved in this. Thanks Dr. G!

    January 10, 2011 at 08:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. mb

    Who caers abot freekin speling?? You stoopid peeple r missing da point!!! Six inocent Americans wer murdrd and al u can coment to is the edetors mistakes? A 9 yaer old girl waz kiled by sum stoopid whack job wo waz probably inspird by the likes of Sarah Palinmyazz and there violint rhetorik. Grow the fak up!

    January 10, 2011 at 08:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. JDL

    Wishing her a speedy recovery!

    People, shoe me one instance where gun control actually works..... I'm sure a criminal doesn't care I he is breaking 1 or 100 laws when he is committing a crime. All those of you that push for more gun control laws on top of more gun control laws really need to come to reality and realize they dob't work. And um not sure what the answer u either but making 100 laws to cover what 1 law doesn't do sure isn't the answer.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • JDL

      Obviously I didn't use the spell check on my iPhone while writing this but I'm sure some idiot will post that first thing, probably the one who votes for the 100 on top of 1 gun control laws.

      January 10, 2011 at 08:55 | Report abuse |
  30. Mauricio Herrera

    Excellent description.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. MA

    God bless the skill and hands of the surgeons.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. waheid

    Too little credit has been given to the EMS/Fire Dept. responders. Had there not been such a quick response, expert on-the-scene care, and expeditious transport to a hospital the MD's would have had little to do other than sign the death certificate. Dr. Gupta is all to quick to credit the E.R. physicians while ignoring the immediate on-the-scene care by EMT's and paramedics. These folks are all too often the unsung heroes of these incidents.

    January 10, 2011 at 09:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DesertRat

      True, EMS here are truly excellent. There's also a local report about a doctor and his wife (a nurse) who were at the store and immediately began rendering aid to some of the wounded before the gunman was even brought down.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
  33. Trevor

    Thanks for the explanation. I really don't care about typos in this case.

    January 10, 2011 at 09:09 | Report abuse | Reply


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  35. pavaum

    God will provide a MIRACLE.

    January 10, 2011 at 09:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ty

      People saved here. If she was left to the natural process after an injury like this she would be dead.

      January 10, 2011 at 11:41 | Report abuse |
    • Softship

      If there was a God who was "into" miracles, he could have prevented this tragedy, don't you think?
      I do not PRAY that Ms. Giffords will enjoy a complete recovery, but I certainly HOPE that she does.

      January 10, 2011 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
    • Believenpray

      It's funny how nobody believes in god until there dying or in trouble. Who do you think provided those people the skills the ability to do the things they did. Leaving things in gods hands does not mean leave them there to die and hope god helps. God provided the people that helped her.
      @softship you will find your self praying one day you might deny him now but one day you will realize he is there and even though you deny him now when you need him he will welcome you with open arms.

      January 10, 2011 at 14:42 | Report abuse |
  36. Mike

    We are told it was a rear entry shot. Is there any information about the exit wound? The damage is usually worse there and as it was at the front I am worried about her face and eyes in particular.

    January 10, 2011 at 09:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Kathy - Stroke

    I had stroke when I was 35 yr. ago, left side of my brian. So....40 yr. ago I fround I suffer bipoler. Then I take "Zyprexa" from Lilly. Now I can really talk....REALLY.

    I can't talked that phone and my word is not.... and I can TALK!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 09:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Robin

    Dr. Guptah,

    Who saved the saved the congresswoman -Dr. Peter Rhee - is as much a compelling story as what saved her.

    Dr Rhee is a reitred Navy surgeon who was one of the first battlefield surgeons to be deployed to Camp Rhino, the first U.S. land base in Afghanistan, located in the remote desert about 100 miles southwest of KandaharRhee said he handled "hundreds and hundreds" of battlefield injuries in two war deployments beginning in 2001.

    I encourage you to read the LA Times story: "A Surgeon Who Trained On The Battlefield"

    January 10, 2011 at 09:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. fireybuddha

    she'll make it.

    January 10, 2011 at 09:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. HeyZeus

    I've heard the stories of the man that jumped in front of his wife to safe her, hero BTW. I would like to know though, The Congresswoman seems to have gotten the immediate treatment, but what of the 9 year old? Where was she shot? Was she killed on bullet impact?

    This isn't as shallow as it might seem. i would like to know if all attention was on the congresswoman, or were EMT's also helping the child at the same time? When you triage wounded you are supposed to identify the most likely to survive if resources are low. Unless the child had died already, why weren't her wounds treated over a head injury. Don't get me wrong, I am happy the Congresswoman has a chance to survive, I would just like to know if anyone was 'overlooked' due to their lack of DC address.

    January 10, 2011 at 09:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • HeyZeus

      *to save her.. sorry for the typo

      January 10, 2011 at 09:54 | Report abuse |
    • HayZapperman

      @HeyZeus..how easy for you make a statement when you're not there when it happens. I hope you're comfortable sitting that chair you bought from walmart while punching non-sense on that keyboard.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:15 | Report abuse |
    • hersh

      HeyZeus, to get accurate answers to your questions, you probably would need to ask someone that was there and witnessed the ordeal after the shooting and not try to find answers on a comment thread. It just seems that the congress woman got treatment first because of all the publicity due to her being a public servant and the apparent "target" in the attack. just because I didn't read (or see) as much coverage about the treatment of the man and his wife, doesn't mean that they weren't cared for quickly....or the other 3 victims for that matter. I did read in another article that the 9 y.o. was shot in the chest and was pronounced dead later at the hospital after attempts to revive her.
      If this had not been an assaination attempt on a public servant or there be a 9 y.o. girl born on 9/11/01 involved, it wouldn't get this much attention. Thats just the nature of news reports IMO.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:23 | Report abuse |
    • hersh

      Here is an article that you should enjoy HeyZeus. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110110/ap_on_re_us/us_congresswoman_shot_heroes_5

      January 10, 2011 at 10:37 | Report abuse |
    • DesertRat

      I heard a local news report, and an eyewitness reported that the child was being treated on the scene immediately, but she was DOA. This eyewitness was a nurse who just happened to be there and was treating another bystander–she couldn't see where the child's wound was, according to her report, but it was clear that everyone was being treated. You might check out KOLD's website to see if you can find more info. They've had excellent coverage.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:11 | Report abuse |
  41. ShrNfr

    The most famous case is Phineas Gage who was distracted while tamping down a charge of dynamite when engaged in building a railroad track in the mid 1800s. The tamping rod set off the charge and shot the rod through his head. He survived for over 20 years, but since the tamping rod (a 3 foot section of iron rod 1 inch in diameter) took out his limbic system, he was a profoundly troubled person for that period. He was buried with the rod, but the family allowed Harvard to exhume the body and have both his skull and the rod. They are on view there.

    I wish all those wounded a rapid and complete recovery. Sadly the insane will always be with us.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ShrNfr

      I forgot to add my condolences to the family and friends of those who were killed. Please forgive me.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:01 | Report abuse |
  42. antonio

    I'm concern about those people that have worried about the spell error ... Daaaaammmm don't you guys care about peoples life....by the way this country is becoming likely mexico... It sucks.. Let's ask God mercy on us.....

    January 10, 2011 at 10:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Jack Adams

    Hope she makes it. Sad day for United States. People forget that we have a right to vote someone off if they don't like them But of course putting folks under crosshair does provide these types of nuts a violent alternative. Instead of banning guns we should try and make speech that provokes hatred and violence punishable. Shame on some of these sore loser politicians for provoking this type of violence. May the kind god give peace to the families that have lost their loved ones.
    As usual – great article by Dr. SG.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. kb

    Gun control is not the answer all it does is take guns out of the hands of responsible americans. Its not going to keep the guns out of the hands of criminals, they dont care if they break the law! Soo all gun control does is allow a criminal to rob your house with a gun and u have nothing to protect yourself or your family with.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. ShrNfr

    Dr. Gupta is somewhat incorrect in his statement as to the fact that the "brain has nowhere to go". It does have an exit path through the hole where the spinal cord enters. However, in expanding through that hole, it strangles the brain stem which controls many of the lower order body systems. This is why hemorrhagic stroke is so dangerous.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Sandy

    "First off, she received very quick care, and was in the operating room within 38 minutes after arriving at the hospital."

    She recieved quick care at the cost of others! Our society has always given special treatment to politicians and they in turn have always screwed us.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alex

      Do you know this as a fact? You saw it all go down? You were there watching the EMTs ignoring everyone else? If so, you were helping as much possible as a concerned citizen right?

      January 10, 2011 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
    • Eduardo

      Alex, she is not entirely wrong you know. She did get prompt attention and to be in an operating room within 38 minutes of being shot through the head certainly helps your case. I don't agree though on the part where she blames her for other's politicians "screwing" us. They are not all bad, certainly not worthy of being viciously attacked. I stand very firm though, the guy that shoot everyone there, simply took the congresswoman as an excuse to go o a murder rampage, to take out his frustration or mental illness on society, in the utmost vicious, cruel, abusive and inhumane form possible, murder.

      January 10, 2011 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
  47. Eduardo

    I'm glad she's survived 'an injury as devastating as this one'. As is explained in this article, seemingly all ideal conditions were met. Notwithstanding, I feel heartbroken for the little 9 year old girl killed, and the other five victims. It is evident, although the Congresswoman was the intended target, she merely served as an excuse for this individual to go on a murder rampage.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Fotios

    Sarah Palin's Facebook page may have been sanitized, but a screenshot of the way it was just before removal of the "crosshairs" map lives on at http://articlesurfing.org/politics_and_government/sarah_palin_facebook_reconstructed.html. It is worth a visit.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Pius Macha

    Dr. Gupta, your explaination on this incident is classy as always have been in other similar incidents.This tells big time it is from the guru medical expert. Thank you and CNN for your service.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Hoofleau

    God bless Ms. Giffords. I hope and pray for your recovery.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  51. PA_Frank

    I worked in neurosurgery and operated on someone with a similar injury. I saw the patient for about a half year after the surgery and got to witness firsthand the lasting effects of the injury. She will almost inevitably suffer right sided hemiplegia. Depending on whether or not she is left handed, she may also have speech deficits, though it seems for her it will be expressive aphasia. In the short term, if can avoid hospital acquired infections, she may suffer no worse than if she had a large left sided stroke. I prayers go out to her and her family.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  52. Jean

    As my thoughts and prayers go out to those in this tragedy, as a mother of a son who suffered brain trauma 12 years ago, I do hope this opens up more to the medical community to fully understand the long standing issues that can occur and open discussions, and understanding of those who suffer with it daily.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  53. Joe

    Less than a year ago, I fell on my head while riding my bicycle with no helmet on. Long story short, I had a bone flap removed from my left upper side of skull. During the following 3 months, my brain expendad and I looked like an alien and had to wear a special helmet to protect the unprotected brain. It was so so painful despite the strong drugs Iwas on. It was also hard to ween out of these medications too afterwards. When the bone flap was re attached, pain was gone gradually, but very fast. Thank God for doctors, medicine, medical treatment, nurses and to all who hardly and passionly prayed for my recovery. I hope same for the congresswoma; it is hard, but have faith !

    January 10, 2011 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jean

      Do you have any long term effects?? I have watched my son struggle and hope things do improve.

      January 10, 2011 at 10:51 | Report abuse |
  54. Josh

    What a tragedy! It is a miracle that Giffords is doing so well for the type of injury she sustained...I pray she will be able to fully recover!

    January 10, 2011 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  55. njpat

    seriously, are we discussing spelling and grammer here?

    January 10, 2011 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  56. jon

    The problem with your theroy of gun control is that ok you can take the guns away from the civi but the bad guys will still be able to get guns even if we close alll the gun stores in the whole US. the bad guys are getting them unmarked and or from the black market

    January 10, 2011 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  57. Josh

    What a blessing that the bullet was able to exit and not cause further damage!

    January 10, 2011 at 10:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  58. RRR

    Its GOD grace. nothing a doc could do if it was against HIS will.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Softship

      And why was it "his will" to let this happen in the first place?

      January 10, 2011 at 12:15 | Report abuse |
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  60. crtclthnkr

    First I would like to give my condolence and prayers to not only the victims,but the innocent bystanders as well. Second: I am curious as to what Walmarts policy is in concerns to selling ammo. One store denied ,and another sold it to him.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  61. luckyray

    God help this woman and her family. She will surely become a better politian as a result and let me tell you that the country is awaiting her to recover and render her service in the congress and to the society, and who are these cynists who are eager on spelling and stuff. Language is a means of communication and if that goal is achieved, what ever 'grammaatical' rules invented by man can be considered obsolete.

    Now CNN, let us hear stories of tragedies about the rest of victims and those in Hospital. Dont hog all the limelight just for one woman who is a congresswoman. Does it make the lives and stories of other victims any lesser ???

    January 10, 2011 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DesertRat

      Privacy laws won't let that kind of info out without the families' permission.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:13 | Report abuse |
  62. xyz

    If you can understand what cnn is saying... spelling isn't an issue, ie you're a loser. God bless this woman!

    January 10, 2011 at 11:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  63. purekenyan

    May God save her life and give her another chance.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  64. Mitch

    More than 6 people have been shot in Oakland since 1-1-11, where's their article? The media loves this story and covers it relentlessly, which will only serve to inspire the next j. Lee lougner

    January 10, 2011 at 11:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  65. KatR

    For those who may not be aware.....gun laws here in Arizona have been weakened to the point that a mentally unstable citizen can purchase a gun and ammo....legally. Although I am not a gun owner I agree that making guns illegal will do nothing to stop tragedies like this one. The far bigger problem is the undertreatment of mentally ill people throughout our nation. Our prisons are crowded with mentally ill inmates. Many citizens turn to illegal drugs to escape their mental demons. GOP Congressmen, especially the newly elected, are scared to death and are talking of addtl security for all govt representatives. This is a free country. Police presence at every public political gathering would turn our country into a fascist state. The better solution is for our leaders in govt to lead by example. When reps state that "government is the enemy" or "starve the (govt) beast" they are fostering insurrection and divisiveness amongst us all. Especially those who suffer from undiagnosed mental illness.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  66. islassoc

    Fox News is discussing how this young man purchased a weapon. It clearly states that when he bought the gun sinec he did not have an AZ concealed weapon permit he was required to pass a background check managed by – you guessed it, the FBI. He apparently passed the check while he waited in the store. However all blame should not go to the FBI here as for the database to work it requires input and apparently the college never inputed their incidents with him where they required him to have a psychological evaluation before being allowed to return to campus. Again, guns do not kill people, people kill people. The same works for cars with drunk drivers; it is not the car it is the driver. We continue to fail too to punish those that violate the law.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  67. ayurbamey

    may tha lord be with thee throughout and after ur operatn_

    January 10, 2011 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  68. rhonda

    my prayers and condolences to all affected, great report doctor gupta, i am not a doctor but i understood what you were saying....keep it up

    January 10, 2011 at 12:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  69. KinNYC

    What was the security detail at this event? You would think there'd be a few policemen.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DesertRat

      Tucson has a small-town mindset, despite it's size. I wish there had been more security.

      January 10, 2011 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
  70. Spencer Storer

    That is just absured (in a good way) that someone can get shot in the head at point blank range in 2010 and have even the hope to survive. What a crazy world we live in.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  71. Peter

    Wonder if it would have happened at a conservative rally since anyone who would like to attack is more likely to be shot by someone with a CHL. Cout it be that there is a greater deterent and that is the reason why the "crazy right" have less shootings at their residences and rallies.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Peter

      Could... sorry

      January 10, 2011 at 12:20 | Report abuse |
  72. Raj

    Dr Gupta makes it so easy to understand. Hats off. And we pray for all those who lost their lives or are still battling.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  73. Jack

    It sounds like it's time to appoint another representative from Arizona. And Republicans, be careful. The Democrats find ways of removing a their opponents after one of their own has even has so much as an accident.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  74. Jack

    P.S. I'm a Republican and just want to see all of our elected officials remain safe.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • palintwit

      I heard that Bristol Palin has a place in AZ now. Why don't you put her on a pedestal, too, next to her trailer trash mother ?

      January 10, 2011 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
  75. brian d

    Ok can we see Some new news now

    January 10, 2011 at 12:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  76. JJ

    My question is this: What other signs do the physicians have of Giffords capacity to follow command besides the squeezing of the physician's hand? As a neuro ICU nurse at one of the top hospitals in the nation, one thing that is critical to ensure for following of commands is that the patient not only be able to squeeze a hand/finger upon command, but rather the patient let go of said hand/finger upon command. Many times in neurological injuries, the squeezing of a hand/finger becomes an automatic reflex, much like that of an infant. Thus, the ability to let go upon command is more indicative as opposed to a squeeze.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  77. Anna Rya

    Thoughts and prayers for everyone involved.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  78. GBAKER

    Rgearding Gun Control- Keep guns away from BAD Guys not good ones- If credit checks can be done for car and home loans, why not checks for guns where innocent lives can be snuffed out if people can walk in and out of hardware stores with guns?

    January 10, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  79. Cecilia

    I wonder how many people actually read this article to learn something, other than to check for typos or spelling. The article was about how it was possible that Ms. Giffords survived such a terrible wound. "Shot in the head" generally means "dead on arrival." It was not about the little girl, who was, as I recall, shot in the chest, and sadly didn't have a hope of survival. It doesn't mean that Ms. Giffords is more important than Christine Green. Neither of them deserved this, and we should be outraged that it happened at all. I am sickened by this, and it makes me very, very afraid for our country. I wish a speedy recovery for the injured, and I wish peace and comfort for the families of the dead. And, Dr. Gupta, thank you for this article. I found it informative and educational.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  80. Mytwosons

    Seriously, the only thing you people can complain about is a few typos? Get a life. Everyone knows what the intended word was-GET OVER IT! I hate people who feel the need to point typos out. This isn't high school, we all can determine what the word was supposed to be if a letter is missing! Good job CNN, even with the typos! :)

    January 10, 2011 at 12:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  81. Noah

    I think we should thank everyone who helped out after what happend. It was a total team effort to get everyone treated and to a hospital so they could be treated. I feel so bad for the lives lost yesterday, amd I hope the families can some day find peace amd comfort.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  82. Rob

    This tragedy is a direct result of the hateful discourse by Palin,
    Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh, Tea Party, Right-wing Republicans, etc.
    Lock and load, revolution, and comments that their political opponents
    are trying to destroy America are all phrases used by these lunatics
    that incite hatred, violence, disrespect for the office of the
    President, and discrimination. God save the USA and the President
    from these Palin crazies. Pray for the Giffords, other victims of
    this attack on America, true American patriots, and for a return to
    respectful political discourse without personal attacks.

    January 10, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • r

      If someone wants to mention any typos in the article that's their prerogative. If someone wants to blame everyone but the shooter that's their prerogative.

      January 10, 2011 at 15:04 | Report abuse |
  83. Carl

    Wow. This is probably the best article I have ever read on a developing news story. In such a classy, concise and careful use of language, Dr Gupta has just elevated the understanding of a very complicated issue. He did it in a way that was compassionate and devoid of ideology. He is not just America's Doctor, he is a teacher of society at his core. I am a neurologist, and look forward to sharing this column with my colleagues, so we can draw on methods to teach our students. Thank you Sanjay

    January 10, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  84. ro


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    • medic Jim

      Say no to matches and maybe we can put an end to arson.

      January 10, 2011 at 18:01 | Report abuse |
  85. DesertRat

    I hope she makes a full recovery. Good article discussing the medical info.

    January 10, 2011 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  86. Joe Kliejunas

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    January 10, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  87. cal


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  88. ray

    Dr G, sure is an exceptional person. As for those checking for grammer keep it up maybe someday you will write a dictionary. The congresswoman is more in the news 'cos she has always been in the news even before the incidence. So losers, why not just pray for her and the other victims, and hope for a world without violence?

    January 10, 2011 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  89. Eric of Reseda

    let's not forget that intern of hers that was almost immediately by her sode, helping her to breathe and doing what it took to stem blood loss. AND – and this is no small thing, I can tell you, after suffering serious injury/trauma myself, he was at her side providing comfort. This is HUGE, because assuring and calming someone who is in a life-threatening situation does in fact up the odds of survival.

    January 10, 2011 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  90. Bflogal

    Dr. Gupta's report was the one report that I was actually looking for. Among all the blather, he is one of the few analysts whom I knew would have something meaningful to offer. I do thnk Dr. Gupta is over worked and over-exposed by CNN. CNN should really save him for the intelligent perspective that he can provide for stories like this.

    January 10, 2011 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  91. Tom

    A "sportsman" shop should not be selling a semi-automatic Glock pistol to a hooded 23 yr old. The only sport for that gun and person is killing. A few well placed questions and he should have been turned away like the college and Army did.

    January 10, 2011 at 13:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  92. billie

    out of all the evilness and destruction in this world do not forget that god is still saving lives thank god we still have kind and compassionate people that will give their ultimate to save ones life our country need prayer

    January 10, 2011 at 13:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  93. lisa

    God bless you Ms. Giffords I pray for your recovery and am confident that your God will never let you down,God expand all the skills of her neurosurgeon !

    January 10, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  94. Sarah

    Thank you for this very informative article. Mrs. Gifford's is an example of one of God's miracles. I will continue to keep her & her family in my prayers during this critical time.

    January 10, 2011 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  95. Not Sanjay

    Hey Sanjay could it be because the young punk was a bad shot?

    January 10, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  96. californian in canada

    I wish I had CNN on my TV. Too bad...

    January 10, 2011 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  97. Zuriea

    What's missing here is how a 20 year old nursing assisntant on the scene held her head and staunched the bleeding from both wounds as well as immobilizing her – as a neck brace would do. His quick action is part of why she arrived at the hospital with not as much blood loss as might be expected. His role should be acknowledged here. I don't ever want to need this information but his interviews have taught me a lot about what to do at the scene of that kind of head injury.

    January 10, 2011 at 14:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  98. lisa

    God bless you Ms Gifford,I pray for your recovery and am confident that your God will never let you down.God, may you expand all the skills of her neurosurgeon!

    January 10, 2011 at 14:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  99. paulie walnuts

    i think the spelling errors were a function of trying to get the article out so quickly in a fast-developing situation, blame our instant gratification society more than inept editing

    January 10, 2011 at 14:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  100. asinine

    Why is everyone complimenting Dr Gupta on his explanation -thats what he gets paid to do. Most Dr's are pompous asses- use jargon to make themselves sound knowledgeable.

    And about the folks who seem to be bent out of shape because of a typo – you remind me of one demented person who also took issue with spelling and the govt.

    January 10, 2011 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  101. scrumb

    Great, now the next psycho will know how to shoot someone properly...

    January 10, 2011 at 14:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  102. Daniel

    My sympathies and heart go out to all the victims of the evil man who carried out this shooting. I wish all of those who were injured a speedy recovery. I hope we honor the memory of the victims of this tragedy by responding to it in a dignified and honorable manor.

    January 10, 2011 at 14:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  103. canadian

    Gun control really works. I'm Canadian and we force all criminals to apply for a permit before committing a crime of this nature thereby eliminating the need for good law-abiding citizens to own firearms. There hasn't been a single gun related crime since these laws came into place. (That was sarcasm, BTW, for all you intellectually inferior fools who think that gun control actually does anything to prevent things like this).

    January 10, 2011 at 14:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  104. Nancy Young

    Obviously, the shooter was a nut job. Moreover, it is even more obvious that he was used & provoked by someone at the Capital who did not mesh with Gifford's politics or especially the way she voted just recently. It is not too hard to figure out.

    January 10, 2011 at 14:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  105. Drew

    Did it ever occur to anyone that this is a miracle from God. Maybe God saved her from dying?! I give him credit!

    January 10, 2011 at 14:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cherie

      If your god was involved he or she would not let this kind of violence happen. An innocent child was gunned down long with the others. Have you ever considered that your god is not involved? This happened partly because of the political rehortic by the right wing christian nuts . That has incited hate and these other nuts us. |Palin took her cross hairs with the gun down over her picture and made excuses and lies about it. Typical GOP with no integrity at all. She should have apologized and changed her tone. Our nation needs to find away to respectfully disagree and find common ground.

      January 10, 2011 at 15:04 | Report abuse |
    • LEB

      The miracle would be if she survived a gun shot to the head and recovered fully... which she most likely will not. Survival, in my opinion, is not enough. If surviving that kind of trauma means you're a cripple or a vegetable for the rest of your life, death is preferable. There's nothing miraculous about being reduced to a 150 lb infant.

      January 10, 2011 at 16:19 | Report abuse |
    • Colin in Florida

      If god was truly benevolent, all-loving, and al-powerful, why did he let an innocent nine year-old girl die?
      And 'he works in mysterious ways' is just mumbo-jumbo, and not an acceptable answer.

      January 10, 2011 at 19:07 | Report abuse |
  106. A. Nony

    I hope Rep. Giffords recovers and eventually returns to Congress. And, I hope her attacker pleads guilty so we won't have to read a lot of asinine drivel about his unhappy childhood. At least he survived his childhood, which is more than one of his victim's did. He should get death or Supermax prison for life. I am tired, tired, tired, of subhuman garbage.

    January 10, 2011 at 14:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  107. lisa

    Im praying for Gabrielle recovery.My prayer go to the family of all those the were effected by this tragic.
    God Bless

    January 10, 2011 at 15:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  108. TJ

    A clear explination. Thank you. I hope she does well in her recovery. Best of luck to her!

    January 10, 2011 at 15:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  109. ybs

    Folks, let's unite & simply wish Gabrielle a complete, expeditious recovery 'http://bit.ly/recoverwell

    All (left/right/middle/religious/non-religious folks) are welcome!

    January 10, 2011 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  110. PetieMac

    As a TBI survivor, I say HANG TOUGH, MA'AM! We're pulling for you all the way!

    January 10, 2011 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  111. Theodore Mann

    One should be required to pass a battery of psychological tests and MRI head scans before being allowed to acquire a gun.

    January 10, 2011 at 15:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  112. Chris

    It is amazing how a second an inch can determine one's life. A nine year old shot in the chest. A man protecting his wife shot in the head at the wrong angle. A federal judge stopping on his way home from church to visit a friend. A political director sitting in a different chair than two other staffers. A mother and her two daughters walking out of the store and not shot. Maybe the lesson here is to respect life and to live our lives as it relates to inches and seconds. To the families our thoughts and prayers. To those who responded in seconds and beyond our thanks and appreciation.

    January 10, 2011 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  113. Go Auburn


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  114. SCRUMB


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  115. Angel

    I love you Dr. Sanjay Gupta!

    January 10, 2011 at 16:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  116. billups

    Wake up ppl.our society caughtup with selfish pleasures.have u ever hunted with a pistol?think ppl

    January 10, 2011 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  117. jackson

    First and foremost, my prayers go out to all involved in this tragedy. May the criminal who did this get his justice. But folks, this blaming it on the media, Ms. Palin, or the man-in-the-moon is just crazy. Sure we have our 'differences', but no sane person of any politcal agenda would espouse such violence in any terms. Banning all guns would do nothing either; then only the criminals would have guns. We, as a nation of one people, need to turn down the rhetoric and simply pray for the recovery of the survivors, and for the family and loved ones of the fallen. Let's get real about this, whether you can spell or not!

    January 10, 2011 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • chris

      About how President Lincoln's survival would have affected history: From my reading on the Civil War, including the book Team of Rivals, It is my understanding that the administration would have been kinder to the South. More willing to bind up the nation's wounds rather than punish the Confederates. IMHO>

      January 10, 2011 at 23:30 | Report abuse |
  118. john

    Question for Dr. Gupta: given the same quick response time and today's medical technology, would Lincoln have survived his gun-shot wound? Just wondering how our country might be a better place if Lincoln had survived???

    January 10, 2011 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  119. AN


    Must you interject on everything that happens in the world?


    January 10, 2011 at 17:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  120. MGoBlue

    sanjay back to his neurosurgery roots! Not many GSW's to the head in ann arbor though

    January 10, 2011 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  121. terri

    Penelope.......What the he11 is wrong with you???

    January 10, 2011 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  122. BilL

    Why do people think they are smarter because they picked up a misspeLed word.
    Say some thing nice It wilL not hurt. BilL from c.t speedy recovery

    January 10, 2011 at 18:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  123. BilL

    And I misspeLLed this word bilL

    January 10, 2011 at 18:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  124. Sandra

    Yanno, instead of all you wonderful people being Conan The Grammarian, or Online Spell Checkers/Critics, how about you just wish Rep Gabrielle Giffords well and a speedy recovery? Or can't you hang up your political spin that long?

    To Rep Giffords, here's hoping for the best possible outcome.

    January 10, 2011 at 18:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  125. Oodoodanoo

    We'll match our Democratic women against your Republican men any day of the week.

    January 10, 2011 at 18:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  126. MooMoo456

    Why is NO ONE talking about this connection????? Loughner went to a Bill Ayres sponsored high school. Gee I wonder why.....hmmmmmmmmmmmm......could it be that Michelle still hates her country????


    January 10, 2011 at 18:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  127. Jeremy

    Would the full introduction of ObamaCare have lowered her changes for survival?

    January 10, 2011 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  128. mntest347

    To summarize – Rep Giffords survived the gunshot wound because it was not fatal.

    Thank you, Dr. Gupta.

    January 10, 2011 at 19:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  129. john la rue

    98% of the guns police in Mexico confiscate from gang/drug killings originate here. The guns are next to impossible to get in Mexico because they have tough gun laws so they are smuggled in from the US. We blame the violence on Mexico but are we not partly to blame? Let's visit our northern neighbor. Canada's cities have much lower death rates from guns compared to similar sized cities in the US. Let the "LOCK AND LOAD/CROSSHAIRS" words change to get the buggars at the poles as they most certainly are as I type this missive to you and be glad we may not have the best health system but we certainly may have the best emergency health system in the world. Mental health is too often ignored, and left up to you guessed it the overworked emergency healthcare system that is ill-prepared to deal with crises in mental health. So easier and even early manditory mental health intervention combined with more sensible and careful

    January 10, 2011 at 19:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  130. Brian

    Gupta is an expert at happy talk; that's why CNN uses him. If she survives she will be severely disabled with multiple handicaps.

    January 10, 2011 at 19:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  131. bill

    olny iotids winhe aobut slepl cechk.

    January 10, 2011 at 19:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  132. Dr. Gupta

    Please people enough about spelling and politics. More about me, me, me!

    January 10, 2011 at 20:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  133. mina

    America needs more schools and assylums and rehabs for their citizens. Even in crisis they can't decipher good from bad and complain on spelling. How ignorant and insensitive. Don't people practice christianity. Some of u need to come to our side of the world to learn and grow up. Great learning article and very enlightening. Really thought some americans would grow up after 911 but it has put them in stoneage. Very sad, spell check, get real and get a life!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 20:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  134. mina

    I follow prolife on facebook and they posted numerous items today indicating that the congresswoman votes against life and supports abortion so let her fight for her life. I actually thought these were god fearing people hosting this face book page and they refused after several request to remove the post. Another typical example of the hypocitical americans who are pro life only for unborn babies and not for other situations. Mark you, I'm for life and against abortion but shocked and embarrased that pro life would post these distasteful comments on the lady after such a tragedy

    January 10, 2011 at 20:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  135. Frank

    I'm ready to give up my rights to guns, and free speech, and EVERYTHING, and be a slave to the banks! Huh? How about you, fools?

    January 10, 2011 at 21:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  136. Bonnie

    Great article and my prayers go out to all involved in this tragedy...this country needs more prayer and belief in God....

    January 10, 2011 at 21:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  137. jeremiah

    I wish her a full recovery! And thank you to the professionals that got her to the hospital so fast!

    January 10, 2011 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  138. jake

    You can all thank Sarah Palin for the violence, and her anti-patriotism !!

    January 10, 2011 at 22:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  139. Chris M


    I don't get it...how come shewas shot in the back of the head? I thought this guy was in the audience
    She wasn't shot in the back of the head- the bullet exited the back of her had.

    January 10, 2011 at 22:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  140. Neil n Kansas

    Tough gal she is.....Prayer changes things...

    January 10, 2011 at 22:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  141. Jack Howitzer

    she is awesome, obviously stronger than the dead guy who pulled the trigger. he scares me, and I don't get scared of anybody.

    January 10, 2011 at 23:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  142. jerseygirl

    I wish Sanjay had told people that contrary to what we heard, you do not apply pressure to a head wound where there is skull damage. You don't want to press broken pieces of skull into the brain. People do it instinctively but it's wrong, unless it is a more superficial wound and then you wan tto do it lightly becuase scalp inuries are painful.

    January 11, 2011 at 00:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  143. S. Gupta, MD

    To little kunts like Lucas and Penelope,
    Stop reading my work. You are too stupid to begin with. I hope someone puts a bullet in your brains and you don't SUVIVE.

    January 11, 2011 at 00:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  144. Sanjay G.

    To little cu!\!ts like Lucas and Penelope,
    Stop reading my work. You are too stupid to begin with. I hope someone puts a bullet in your brains and you don't SUVIVE.

    January 11, 2011 at 00:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  145. Compassion

    Oh yeah Jake. Palin and Bush all the way. Shame on you to hell. God Bless Rep. Giffords and all mothers surivors.

    January 11, 2011 at 01:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  146. Eddie Bailey

    Bush,palin,hannity,limbaugh,rowe,and a terribly long list of subversive radical hate mongers.does anybody remember the 60's.peace,love and brotherhood are DEAD!

    January 11, 2011 at 01:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  147. P.J.

    Too bad you didn't.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  148. spell checker

    Do you wish to replace
    editiors with

    January 10, 2011 at 07:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  149. jonjay

    He was demonstrating what was spelled wrong pj....

    January 10, 2011 at 07:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  150. Me

    While you're at it, replace "suvive" with "survive," too. (And this thing has spellcheck!)

    January 10, 2011 at 07:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  151. marycnnhealth

    Hi Lucas. Thanks for pointing out our typo. It's fixed now.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  152. Emigdio

    The auto-spell function on the Macs are design to discredit news websites.

    January 10, 2011 at 08:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  153. dave

    Hey Lucas, "checked" is spelled with an "ed" not an "ing."

    January 10, 2011 at 08:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  154. leela

    I might even insert a period after the word "shot" and change the lowercase "w" in the word "was" to an initial cap so that the criticism makes sense. But, really, who cares?

    January 10, 2011 at 09:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  155. Dalri

    Spot mkaing fun of poeple fro there spleling, grammar Notzees!

    January 10, 2011 at 09:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  156. luLYFcas

    @Lucas...You've just terribly shattered the glasshouse you're in. Where do you get the stones?

    My prayers to Mrs. Giffords and to the other wounded, may they'll be able to make it to full recovery.

    And for those unfortunate souls, may they Rest In Peace in our Heavenly Father's kingdom.

    January 10, 2011 at 09:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  157. yobes

    Although I was interested in the article and found it informative, this string of comments I enjoyed immensely. Lesson: before sending snobby comments on spelling and grammar, proofread it. Thank you all!

    January 10, 2011 at 10:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  158. luLYFcas

    Ey..where's Dr. Gupta's reply to Lucas?. Why delete it? That was pretty cool.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  159. bspurloc

    palin stupid award to u.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  160. Jan

    Shut up and say a prayer for all. Involved. Instead of all your petty BC.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  161. Hoofleau

    Lucas, you're like the proverbial "pot calling the kettle black". (It's ok, you can google it)

    January 10, 2011 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  162. EE

    Some people seem to be so insecure. This was a tragic event. Sure, most of us noticed the grammatical errors. But to post a comment bashing the editors seems a bit absurd. Is your life that bankrupt? Are you the grammar police? What’s more, if you are going to correct grammar, I would imagine you would want to make sure yours is correct… Just saying.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  163. Keeper

    Can someone please explain to me why not one media outlet is discussing how a 23 year old mentally unstable man can walk into a hardware store in Arizona and buy a semi automatic weapon?

    Instead of talking about increasing congressional budgets for their personal security why don't they just enact a comprehensive federal hand gun legislation to prevent this from truly ever happening agai

    January 10, 2011 at 11:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  164. ironic

    Bad spellers of the world untie!!

    January 10, 2011 at 11:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  165. Karen

    LOL at people calling Lucal pot. Cannot you recognize "sarchasm"? In any case, I am continually perplexed by spelling errors on CNN articles. Don't they have automatic spell checkers? It takes no time at all nowadays as the spell checker runs in the background. So no matter how tight the timeline is, running a spell checker will not slow you down any more than placing the last period at the end of the last sentence

    January 10, 2011 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  166. bill

    @lucas who cares,other than you

    January 10, 2011 at 11:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  167. rmanish

    this fellow sanjay gupta is really dumb. he is like a chatterbox that makes no sense.

    January 10, 2011 at 11:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  168. BalazarsBrain

    hmmm...wonder why Palin decided to take down her graphic with Gifford's district in the cross-hairs, as Palin's tweet "Don't Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!"?

    Sarah Palin: Interesting you would choose this exact time to change position on your disgusting rhetoric.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  169. surfdog11

    So YOU'RE the reason Jared Lee Loughner went on this rampage, you illiterate twit!!!! The mind is a terrible thing!!

    January 10, 2011 at 12:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  170. Sarah

    Fail! What a troll.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  171. george

    Can't anyone be nice. Come on who care about the spelling

    January 10, 2011 at 12:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  172. Sherelm

    At this time of this tragedy – is it really about catching spelling errors or hoping the best for Congresswoman, and thanking Dr. Gupta for explaining all this?
    Geeze. Get a life.

    January 10, 2011 at 12:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  173. Brenda

    I wish I would have studies grammar a little better so I understood what you closet nerds were complaining about. Glad you could focus on the important "grammar issues" instead of on the tragedy of several people being killed (including a small child). Great job demonstrating how great American humanity is.

    January 10, 2011 at 13:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  174. kwag

    Lucas, please read your post. I've read it over and over again and cannot understand what you're trying to say. Could use some punctuation to clarify, too.

    January 10, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  175. ReginaPhalange

    This is likely the result of trying to get the info out quickly–just like all the news agencies were so anxious to get the news out quickly and kept reporting that Giffords was dead for quite a while before anyone had any reliable sources.

    I don't think Gupta's credibility is in question because of a few typos. If that's all it takes for you, then no doctor has any credibility. Have you ever tried to read their writing? LOL

    January 10, 2011 at 07:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  176. tct

    You need a different kind of doctor.

    January 10, 2011 at 07:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  177. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

    Spelling it right or wrong you know the word LMAO

    January 10, 2011 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  178. Jared

    What other word would you possibly confuse "suvive" with? It's quite obvious what word Gupta was writing. If you're that confused over it, you lack any critical reading skills.

    January 10, 2011 at 10:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  179. xyz

    if you can understand what a ccn article is saying....then it's not that big a deal, i.e. you're a loser. god bless this woman!

    January 10, 2011 at 11:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  180. Kyle G

    Jesus, the guy was using SARCASM! Why do people care more about a spelling comment than a shooting victim?!

    January 10, 2011 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  181. Dave

    A typo for a missing character is hardly a literacy issue, and I'm not even certain I would classify it as a spelling error. I would certainly, however, classify you as being ridiculously anal to focus on such a trivial aspect of this whole situation. You must be a blast at parties ...

    January 10, 2011 at 14:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  182. Lise Quinn

    The word suvive only shows up in your post.

    January 10, 2011 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  183. uchman

    I did a search for "suvive" on this page and came up with only yours. Look b4 you leap please

    January 10, 2011 at 15:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  184. Daniel

    While the comment by Penelope was out of line, I certainly hope that's not the real Dr. Sanjay Gupta's response!! D=

    January 10, 2011 at 15:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  185. Dempsy

    I am at a complete loss, the misspelled word only exist in your response. And as other posters have suggested, even if it were, to complain and critique on it shows that your are not looking at the meaning of what is trying to be conveyed.

    January 10, 2011 at 15:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  186. GetReal

    Obviously, they edited the article later on. It does irk me as well when I see errors like that, as spellcheck is readily available for obvious errors. Whatever. Surviving a through and through headshot is pretty unbelievable. Hope she continues to improve.

    January 10, 2011 at 16:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  187. looking_at_you

    Let us all keep our eye on the ball; less we get distracted and another attack will take place and we will not be prepared because we did not pay attention to the critical details. We all mis-spell sometimes in this high-tech world, however we all ndde to use some logic when trying to interpret & understand what we are reading and talking about!

    Here's Looking At You!

    January 10, 2011 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  188. Bro

    Peace!!!!! He is not a ESL teacher for crying out loud!!!

    January 10, 2011 at 17:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  189. Hey Penelope

    Gupta's a respected neurosurgeon. What you think of his credibility hardly matters.

    January 10, 2011 at 21:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  190. XINGEN

    Amen, Brenda. To ALL: "CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service."
    Emphisis on the courteous.

    January 10, 2011 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  191. cherie

    Don't be so uppity. This is not about spelling and grammar! People are dead and in intensive care fighting for life.

    January 10, 2011 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  192. karMAen

    @Karen...were you not "continually perplexed" with "sarchasm" insatead of sarcasm? You were just another spelling nutcase like Lucas. But in-fairness both of you would be a great couple or could a dynamic duo in a misspelling contest.

    January 10, 2011 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  193. karMAen

    instead* stupidity radiates.

    January 10, 2011 at 15:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  194. asdfy

    No one pointing out the sloppy spelling and grammar has implied this wasn't a terrible human tragedy. So people taking a whack at the 'spell checkers' should cool their jets also.
    The internet has real problems with accuracy in everything – spelling and especially premature reporting of what are basically rumors of the moment. Putting editors' feet to the fire to tighten up their reporting is a good thing in my opinion.
    I hope the Congresswoman has a complete recovery as well as all the other injured.

    January 10, 2011 at 16:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  195. Penelope

    Just so you know I was not talking about the credibility of Dr. Gupta. I was talking about the editors of CNN health. Just to clarify.

    January 10, 2011 at 22:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  196. chris

    Thanks, all the time wasted over spelling when we should be concerned with the congresswoman.

    January 10, 2011 at 23:19 | Report abuse | Reply

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