Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is now able to respond to simple commands by giving a thumbs-up sign, squeezing a thumb, and raising two fingers, her doctor said on Monday, according to AOL News.
Doctors said CT scans showed the Arizona congresswoman was no longer showing signs of brain swelling.
"At this phase in the game, no change is good. And we have no change," Dr. G. Michael Lemole, her neurosurgeon at University Medical Center, said at a news conference as quoted by AOL. "We're not out of the woods yet, … but every day that goes by and we don't see an increase [in swelling], we're slightly more optimistic."
Giffords underwent surgery to temporarily remove half her skull. Over the past two days, doctors took Giffords out of sedation and asked her to respond to basic commands such as “Show me two fingers,” according to The Associated Press.
Giffords’s family is accompanying her and is constantly receiving updates from doctors. Two well-known doctors experienced in dealing with traumatic brain injury were on they way to Tucson for Giffords’s case, the AP reported.