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TUCSON, ARIZ. (AP) - Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ family is hoping that she will be transferred to a Houston facility where she can begin extensive mental and physical rehabilitation, a move that may come as early as Friday.
Giffords is recovering from a bullet wound to the brain. Her swift transition from an intensive care unit to a rehab center is based on the latest research, which shows the sooner rehab starts, the better patients recover.
“I’m extremely hopeful that Gabrielle is going to make a full recovery,” her husband, Mark Kelly, said at a news conference at University Medical Center in Tucson. “She is a fighter like nobody else that I know.”
Kelly predicted that she will walk back into the hospital soon, and thank everyone who took care of her.
“In two months, you’ll see her walking through the front door of this building,” he said.
Giffords‘ progress was evident Wednesday as she stood on her feet with assistance from medical staff. Her husband described the moment as a big step.
On Thursday, doctors said she has also scrolled through an iPad, has been able to pick out different colored objects and has moved her lips. They are unsure about whether she is mouthing words, nor do they know how much she is able to see.
Her husband, however, believes she has made attempts to speak and can recognize those around her.
“I can just look in her eyes and tell,” Kelly said. “She is very aware of the situation.”
New hope for her recovery comes every day, Kelly said.
“Every time we interact with her, there’s something quite inspiring,” he said.
Doctors said they planned next to expose her to some sunlight. Yesterday, after standing with assistance and being helped to a chair, she was able to look out toward the Catalina mountains, they said.
Despite the steady progress, Giffords has a long road to recovery. Doctors are not sure what, if any, disability she will have.
During rehabilitation she will have to relearn how to think and plan. It’s unclear if she is able to speak. And while she is moving both arms and legs, it’s uncertain how much strength she has on her right side.
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