As Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords continues to recover, local doctors say she has a long way to go.
“She’s facing certainly a long road of recovery,” said Dr. Mary Dombovy, Unity Health Brain Injury Expert.
Brain injuries for most people can be devastating. Dr. Dombovy says in Giffords' case, the bullet to her head went through the left side of her brain and exited.
“If you have an injury to both sides of your brain you lose consciousness right away and it’s also more devastating in terms of your ability to survive that injury,” said Dombovy.
University of Rochester Nuerosurgeon, Dr. Jason Huang says the damage done from an injury like Giffords’ can sometimes have lasting effects.
“They may have some mild deficits. They may have some speech difficulty. Those functions may even recover over time slowly,” said Dr. Huang.
Dr. Dombovy says it’s hard to tell what challenges Giffords will face. But she predicts rehab could start as early as ten days to two weeks.
“I think she’s extremely fortunate to be alive. The next day to day and a half will be very telling,” said Dr. Dombovy.
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University of Rochester Neurosurgery