Gabby Giffords' Rosy Recovery Needs Reality Check: Dr. Brian Greenwald Explains

 – June 14, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Rep. Gabriele Giffords, bright eyes peering out from behind blue wire-framed glasses, looks radiant in a recently released Facebook photo. But experts say her half-tilt smile suggests her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head will be complex. Patients often tell their doctors, "I am completely different," according to Dr. Brian Greenwald, medical director of brain injury rehabilitation at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "Although we think of ourselves as our car or our house or what dress we like, what we are is our brain – the mush in the head that is the same consistency as Jell-o," he said. "It's our thoughts and our emotions and our moods." Learn More