News : 2011 : January

Dr. Jonathan Jagid

How Neurosurgeons Size Up Brain Injuries Like Giffords'

With Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hospitalized in Tucson, Ariz., after Saturday’s shooting, we checked in with some leading neurosurgeons for insights into her condition and what the future might hold.

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Doctors Track Swelling in Giffords' Brain

The surgeon who labored to save Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life says he took his cues from surgeons treating massive brain injuries suffered by troops fighting in such distant places as Lebanon, Iraq and Afghanistan.Dr. Michael Lemole, chief of neurosurgery at the University Medical Center in Tucson, said that the critical step for Giffords and patients like her is to quickly ease pressure within the closed vault of the skull, keeping swelling from crushing delicate nerve centers that are vital for survival.

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Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

Docs Optimistic, but Giffords in for Long Recovery

Recovering from a gunshot wound to the head depends on the bullet’s path, and while doctors are optimistic about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ odds, it can take weeks to months to tell the damage. Doctors say the bullet traveled the length of the left side of the Arizona congresswoman’s brain, entering the back of the skull and exiting the front.

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Dr. Barth A. Green

Volunteer/Non-Profit - Florida Newsmakers of the Year - Dr. Barth Green

Within 20 hours of the magnitude-7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Dr. Barth A. Green’s chartered airplane landed at the damaged Port-au-Prince airport.

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