Giffords Making 'Tremendous' Progress

Doctors say she's been told about the shooting
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2011 3:45 PM CST
Gabrielle Giffords' Doctors Say She's Making 'Tremendous' Progress, Can Speak Full Sentences
Dr. Gerard Francisco, left, speaks, as Dr. Dong Kim, center, and Dr. Imoigele Aisiku, right, listen as they give a medical update on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Gabrielle Giffords is making a "tremendous amount of progress" in her recovery and can now speak full sentences, her doctors say. Giffords is walking, though not without assistance, and can say sentences such as "I'm tired and I want to go to bed." Also, her "upbeat" personality is coming through, and she's laughing more, doctors said in a public update of her progress, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

"We can engage her for a long period of time during therapies, or between therapies," said the head of her rehabilitation team in Houston. As for the shooting: “She has been told about the event both by her husband and by us, and I think she understands,” said another of her doctors, notes Politico. To read about plans to have her attend husband Mark Kelly's shuttle launch next month, click here. (More Gabrielle Giffords stories.)

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