Now all over the world people are following the press releases announcing the amazing progress in the recovery of Gabrielle Giffords. We get excited that she keeps her eyes open for fifteen minutes and moves her limbs on command. And then, wham, reading a little further there's this statement:
“I believe one day she will be able to think,” Dr. Rhee said.Oops! If all she may end up doing is follow simple physical instructions, the situation is really bad. That means that there's nothing left of her personality, opinions, intelligence.
Of course, all of this is hard to know just days after the shooting. Neurological damage, whether from injury, illness or age is so very individual. May G-d give strength to her family and friends.