Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords is speaking!

The Associated Press reports today that the congresswoman is speaking "more and more" one month after being shot in the head at an event with constituents that killed six others. Giffords' spokesperson C.J. Karamargin confirmed that her speech is improving although he does not know what her first words were.

Giffords did recently ask for toast for breakfast, and an earlier statement from her office reads:
"The reports of Congresswoman Giffords improving in ALL areas are true. She has a daily rigorous therapy schedule that includes a lot of work on her speech capacity. She is working really hard and its [sic] paying off."

Yesterday, one of Giffords' doctors said he hopes she can make enough progress to attend her husband Mark Kelly's space launch in two months. The space shuttle Endeavour will leave April 19 for a two-week mission to the International Space Station. Kelly announced last week he expects his wife to see him off. But, doctors would have to make decisions on a variety of ways that could happen, such as how much assistance Giffords would need to fly to Cape Canaveral, FL, and how much noise she can tolerate.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Kelly wrote it's hard to believe only one month has passed.
"The doctors say she is recovering at lightning speed considering her injury, but they aren't kidding when they say this is a marathon process," he said. "There are encouraging signs every day, though." Kelly wrote that Giffords has her appetite back and is enjoying three meals a day, even though it's hospital food.

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