Monday, doctors treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced that the congresswoman was responding to verbal commands to raise fingers and even gave a thumbs-up sign.
Giffords is still in critical condition in Tucson after she was shot in the head Saturday. Recent CAT scan showed no further swelling in her brain, but doctors stated that it can be three to five days before swelling reaches its peak.
Two patients who were also shot Saturday were released Sunday. Eight more remain in the hospital. A team of experts will be employed to help the survivors through their recovery and any psychological effects of the shooting.
Chinese dissident writer Li Hong passed away surrounded by Chinese domestic security police. He was 52 years old.
In January 2007, Li was charged with “inciting subversion against the state” and tried off the record by Ningbo Municipal Intermediate Court.
Li’s lawyer, Li Jiangiang stated that the charges against Li stemmed from 62 articles Li had written. Most of the articles reported live organ harvesting of Falun Gong prisoners. Li refused to plead guilty to the charges.
Following trial, Li was incarcerated. In prison, his health rapidly deteriorated. In August 2007, Li was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. By June 2010, when Li was completely paralyzed and unable to speak, he was released to Ningbo Number Two People’s Hospital for medical treatment.
Li stayed at the hospital until his death on December 31, 2010.
After Li’s death, Chinese authorities censored news of his death and prevented other dissidents and activists from attending his funeral.
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