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Rapidly Improving Gabrielle Giffords may Attend Husband’s April Space Shuttle Launch

March 11, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 1 Comment

Kelly & Giffords.

Gabrielle Giffords, the US congresswoman shot in the head in January during a Tucson, Arizona rampage that killed six people, is improving rapidly and may be well enough to attend her astronaut husband’s space shuttle launch next month, Reuters reports.

“The goal is for her to witness the launch in April,” Dr. Gerard Francisco, chief medical officer at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston where Giffords is currently undergoing treatment. “Our number one concern is that it will be safe and appropriate for her to do that… we are still planning, we have a lot of options we are considering at this point,” he added.

Giffords, who is now walking and talking as her condition continues to improve, was shot in the head by Jared Loughner on January 8 while hosting a meet-and-greet with constituents outside a Tucson, Arizona supermarket. Six people, including a nine-year-old girl born on September 11, 2001 and a federal judge, were killed. Giffords, a Democrat, was critically wounded but has made a steady recovery that has surprised many. Dr. Francisco says she is “gaining more movement, she’s gaining more ability to do things for herself… the amount of assistance that she needs has decreased significantly.”

Her husband, Mark Kelly, is scheduled to lead the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s penultimate mission into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida on April 19.

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  1. WakakoMarch 11, 2011 at 1:36 pmReply

    I really do hope that this incident does not deter public figures from interacting with the public.

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