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This photo combo shows Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat. At left, Giffords takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 5, 2011, three days before she was shot as she met with constituents in Tucson, Ariz. At right, Giffords is seen May 17, 2011, at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, the day after the launch of space shuttle Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty. (Associated Press/Susan Walsh/P.K. Weis)
Photo by: P.K. Weis,Susan Walsh
This photo combo shows Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat. At left, Giffords takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 5, 2011, three days before she was shot as she met with constituents in Tucson, Ariz. At right, Giffords is seen May 17, 2011, at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, the day after the launch of space shuttle Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty. (Associated Press/Susan Walsh/P.K. Weis)

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