Recovering Democrat Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is beginning to walk. She can also talk a little, mainly one-word answers as yet. But it is a remarkable recovering for the woman shot and injured January 8, 2011. She is even planning to attend the launch of her husband’s shuttle on Friday afternoon (April 29).
For a while it looked doubtful whether Ms. Giffords (40) would survive the January 8 attack in Tucson, Arizona by alleged gunman, Jared Loughner. His rampage also left six people dead: U.S. District Judge John Roll, 63; Christina Taylor Green, 9 (who was born 9/11); Giffords aide Gabe Zimmerman, 30; Dorothy Morris, 76; Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and Phyllis Schneck, 79. Thirteen other people were injured.
But Gabrielle Giffords defied the odds. She is slowly improving every day, said her husband, the astronaut, Mark Kelly. She is now walking a little and is regaining her speech, making one-word answers and short statements.
She is still struggling to use the right side of her body, as would be expected as she sustained a left love brain injury when she was shot in the head.
Gifford has made such a good recovery that it is expected that she will attend the Friday April 29 launch of her husband’s shuttle, Endeavor, at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Doctors say there is no reason why she should not attend the launch and that it may be good for her recovery. She will return to hospital afterward.
It is good to see Gabrielle Giffords making such a good recovery from a horrific attack which left so many innocent people dead and injured. I’m sure her husband will be as proud to see her at his shuttle launch as she will be, to be there.