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PHOENIX – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is breathing under her own power and generally “holding her own” in her third day of recovery from a near-fatal gunshot wound, doctors said Tuesday.

In a press conference at Tucson’s University Medical Center, Dr. Peter Rhee said that the three-term Democratic congresswoman is “progressing as expected” with “no issues or problems.” Both Rhee and neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Lemole stressed that, despite encouraging signs, her condition remains very serious.

Still, the pace of Giffords’ recovery since a gunman opened fire at a public even Saturday has been remarkable, Lemole said.

“She has no right to look this good, and she does,” he said. “We’re hopeful.”