Friday, January 21, 2011

THE LONG ORDEAL OF JAMES BRADY - NYTimes.com

Pictured; Jim and Sarah Brady

In the September 27, 1981 link below Dr. Richard E. Cytowic, a Washington neurologist and medical writer, told the story of President Ronald Reagan's press secretary Jim Brady, shot in the head by John Hinckley during Hinckley's attempted assassination of the President on March 30, 1981.

What followed were hours of confusion and false reports of Brady's death by the news media while the fight to save his life continued at George Washington University Hospital. Some of what is presented in the article will remind the reader of the ordeal of Representative Gabrielle Giffords, of the possible trauma to her brain and the swelling that could have resulted in her death. Like Jim Brady, Gaby Giffords was shot in the daytime, a fact that may have given her a better chance of survival since full daytime staff was on the floor of the hospital as she was brought in.

Brady's story of survival and the aftermath of the shooting may serve as a guide as to what to expect in Gaby Giffords' road to recovery. Dr. Cytowic's story is an eight page glimpse of what it was like on the day Ronald Reagan almost lost his life, and Jim Brady's life was altered forever.

Click the link below for the full story, from THE NEW YORK TIMES.


THE LONG ORDEAL OF JAMES BRADY - NYTimes.com

It is January 21, 2011. As of 8:00PM, 224 Americans have been shot this day.

Had enough? Visit The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

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