Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Gabrielle Giffords - husband optimistic that wounded Congresswoman can fully recover

Gabrielle Giffords

A US congresswoman shot in the head two weeks ago was moved yesterday to a Houston rehabilitation centre, where her husband hopes she will continue on the path to a full recovery.

Democratic representative Gabrielle Giffords has been making progress nearly every day in her recovery from a bullet wound to the brain.

Doctors have been ticking off markers of her continuing improvement: she scrolled through an iPad, picked out different coloured objects and moved her lips. But they are unsure if she is mouthing words, or how much she is able to see.

University Medical Centre staffers took Ms Giffords to a deck at the hospital on Thursday, where she breathed in the fresh air and felt the sun, trauma surgeon Peter Rhee said, adding: “I saw the biggest smile she could gather.”

Her husband, Houston-based astronaut Mark Kelly, believes she has tried to speak and can recognise those around her. “I can just look in her eyes and tell,” Mr Kelly said at the Tucson hospital. “She is very aware of the situation.”

Mr Kelly said he hopes his wife will make a full recovery.

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