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Originally posted 08/02/2011 08:00AM
Members of Congress may have bickered long and loudly about whether or not to raise the debt ceiling, but one thing brought together legislators on both sides of the aisle: celebrating Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords's triumphant return to the chamber to cast her first vote since being shot in the head in January.
The unannounced – and emotional – appearance came as a surprise to her colleagues, who greeted the recuperating Rep. Giffords with a standing ovation when she walked into the House on Monday, assisted by her chief of staff and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Recognizing colleagues and greeting them by name, Giffords brought tears to the eyes of many of the representatives, who gathered around to shake her hand. Some embraced her.
Originally posted 06/12/2011 09:05AM
Since the January shooting that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords seriously wounded, the Arizona congresswoman has been recovering in private.
But on Sunday, Giffords posted two photographs of herself on her official Facebook page.
The images, which were taken by photographer P.K. Weis, on May 17 – the day after the congresswoman attended husband Mark Kelly's NASA shuttle launch – outside a Houston, Texas, medical center. They show a smiling Giffords with short, darker hair wearing wire-rimmed glasses.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 05:45PM
Jared Lee Loughner is not mentally competent to stand trial on charges he killed six people and wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.
Based on court-ordered medical evaluations, the judge determined Loughner was incapable of understanding the proceedings, according to CNN.com.
The 22-year-old has been described as "gravely mentally ill" by his own legal team.
The decision came after Loughner was removed from the courtroom following an outburst in which he reportedly said, "Thank you for the freak show. She died right in front of me."
Originally posted 05/16/2011 02:30PM
As was hoped, a recovering Gabrielle Giffords clapped as she watched her husband, Commander Mark Kelly, and his crew blast off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Monday morning.
As Kelly and five other Space Shuttle Endeavor astronauts began their 16-day mission to the International Space Station – Endeavor's 25th and final mission – Rep. Giffords, in a wheelchair, said with a smile, "Good stuff. Good stuff."
It was a scene that would have been unthinkable four months ago, when the Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head during a public appearance. Although Giffords has not appeared in public since the assassination attempt, doctors say that her recovery has been remarkable.
"She's very focused on her recovery, and she's working very hard," says her chief of staff, Pia Carusone. "She wants to return to her life, both personally and professionally."
Also in attendance at the 8:56 a.m. Monday launch were Giffords's mother, Mark Kelly's twin brother (fellow astronaut Scott Kelly), Mark Kelly's children, a nurse and the spouses of crew members.
Originally posted 04/25/2011 08:00AM
They had hoped for this, and now doctors have approved it: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was seriously wounded in a shooting in January, will attend this Friday's launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which her husband Mark Kelly is commanding on its final mission.
"I've met with her doctors, her neurosurgeon and her doctors. And … they've given us permission to take her down to the launch," Kelly, 47, tells Katie Couric in an interview airing Monday on the CBS Evening News.
Kelly says he's excited about having his wife there. Asked what her reaction was when she got the approval, he says: "I think she said, 'Awesome,' and she pumped her fist."
Originally posted 03/24/2011 08:10PM
Gabrielle Giffords continues to make strides in her recovery and hopes to attend husband Mark Kelly's space shuttle launch scheduled for April 19.
"I think there's a pretty good chance that is going to happen," Kelly, commander of the Endeavor, said Thursday at a news conference in Houston. "We still don't know for sure. We're waiting on a final approval from her doctors."
His congresswoman wife is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head during a fatal shooting spree in Tucson in January.
Originally posted 03/09/2011 06:10PM
The suspect in the Tucson shooting spree that left six people dead and 13 wounded – including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords – pleaded not guilty to dozens of new federal charges in a Tucson court Wednesday.
The charges against Jared Lee Loughner include attempting to assassinate Giffords, 40, trying to kill two of her aides, and murdering federal judge John Roll and a staff member on Giffords's team, Gabe Zimmerman, on Jan. 8 outside a Tucson grocery store, according to reports.
Other charges among the 49 Loughner faces in a newly unsealed, 28-page indictment include causing the deaths of four other people who were "participants at a federally provided activity" and using a gun in a crime of violence.
Originally posted 02/09/2011 02:10PM
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is regaining part of her ability to speak.
Giffords has asked for toast, her spokesman C.J. Karamargin tells CNN, though he would not reveal what else the congresswoman has said.
After sustaining a gunshot wound to the head during a fatal shooting spree in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8, in which six people were killed and 12 others injured, Giffords has been recovering at TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital in Houston.
Originally posted 02/04/2011 01:00PM
Astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced Friday that he will resume training as commander of the space shuttle Endeavor.
On the mission, which is set to launch April 19, Kelly will join his twin brother Scott, currently commander of the International Space Station.
Kelly, 46, was in training for the mission, his fourth trip to space, when his wife, 40, was shot in the head during a Jan. 8 town-hall meeting with constituents outside a Tucson supermarket. The Arizona Congresswoman is currently recovering in a Houston hospital, where she is undergoing rehabilitation.
Originally posted 02/03/2011 10:10AM
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords continues to improve in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head last month, says her husband Mark Kelly, who adds that the outpouring of support for his wife has been crucial to both of them.
"Thankfully, miraculously, Gabby survives," Kelly, an astronaut, said Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., where he gave the closing prayer following remarks by President Obama.
"Every day, she gets a little better," Kelly said of Giffords, 40, who was shot while meeting with constituents in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8. Doctors have told Kelly "that's a great sign, the slope of that curve is very important," he added.
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