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Gabrielle Giffords Will Attend Husband's Shuttle Launch — Amazing Recovery Continues!

Mon, April 25, 2011 8:50am EDT by Add first Comment

The courageous congresswoman will make her first trip from Houston since being treated for her gunshot wound to the head — she has been singing as part of her rehab!

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will take another big step in her miraculous recovery when she travels to Cape Canaveral to see her astronaut husband Mark Kelly take off on the space shuttle Endeavour on April 29.

“I’ve met with her doctors, her neurosurgeon … and they’ve given us permission to take her down to the launch,” Mark, 47, the mission’s commander, tells Katie Couric of CBS News in an interview set to air tonight.

Gabriele, 40, was flown to Houston for her rehab after she was shot in the head in the Jan.8 rampage in Tucson by a young gunman who killed six people and wounded 13. Suspect Jared Loughner, 22, has pleaded not guilty.

The trip to Florida would mark her first excursion since she ha started learning how to walk and talk again. She is singing as part of music therapy and has had visits from loved ones.

She has not been seen in the past three months but has made significant progress, according to The Arizona Republic. She’s planning to “walk a mountain” when she returned to Tucson after pushing a cart through hospital halls as therapy. She also plays bowling and indoor golf games. Her doctors say she is among the top 5% of patients recovering from her specific kind of brain injury.

People who are close to Gabriele say she the words she uses most often are: “love you,” “awesome.”

That all sounds pretty awesome!


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