Friday, March 25, 2011

Astronaut Mark Kelly says Giffords starting to grasp horrific attack

CAPE CANAVERAL — Critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is just now starting to recognize and deal with what happened during the horrific Jan. 8 shooting rampage that killed six and left her with severe injuries, her astronaut husband said Thursday.
A 9-year-old girl, a federal judge and a close aide to the congresswoman were killed, and Giffords was shot in the head at close range, but she is by all accounts making a remarkable recovery.Less than 11 weeks after the assassination attempt, Giffords can talk, comprehend conversations and walk with assistance, veteran astronaut Mark Kelly said.
"She's doing remarkably well. She's improving every day, and in the realm of brain injuries, that is very significant and pretty rare," said Kelly, who will command the 25th and final flight of shuttle Endeavour next month

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