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Originally posted 11/11/2011 08:45AM
Rep. Gabby Giffords miraculously survived a bullet to the brain in January – the first step in what's been a long recovery.
"It's difficult," a bright-eyed Giffords, 41, tells Diane Sawyer about her rehabilitation in an interview for ABC's 20/20 (around 2:35 in the video).
Giffords's husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, took hours of home video footage documenting her recovery, for better or worse.
The couple have also written a memoir, Gabby: A Story of Hope and Courage, which was excerpted exclusively in this week's PEOPLE, about her fight for survival.
Originally posted 11/09/2011 08:00AM
Ten months ago, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords survived the unthinkable: a bullet to the brain.
Now, for the first time since the Jan. 8 Tucson, Ariz., shooting that claimed six lives and left 12 others wounded, Giffords, 41, is opening up about her incredible recovery.
In this week's PEOPLE cover story (with exclusive photos), Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, share personal pictures and an excerpt from their new memoir Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, written in collaboration with The Last Lecture's Jeff Zaslow.
Though Giffords still struggles to speak, she makes herself crystal clear on one point in particular in the book's epilogue.
"I will get stronger," she vows. "I will return."
Originally posted 11/07/2011 08:00AM
Out this week, PEOPLE magazine has exclusive photos of Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly at home in Houston to accompany a moving excerpt from their new memoir, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope.
On Wednesday, PEOPLE.com will have a sneak peek of the Arizona Congresswoman's story – her own words telling of being shot in the head last January and their emotional journey to getting Giffords to walk and talk again.
The exclusive excerpt and photos will be on newsstands Friday.
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.
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