17th May 2011
An American congresswoman who was shot in the head in January was well enough to attend the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour after responding extremely well to injury rehabilitation.
Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Tucson, Arizona, during a brutal assassination attempt on a shopping centre which saw six people lose their lives. She suffered from damage to the left hemisphere of her brain – the part which controls speech and movement – and was given only a slim chance of survival.
Now, just 15 weeks after the attack, she is walking unaided, forming sentences and even playing Scrabble, although she still has difficulty with movement on her right side.
Doctors deemed she had done well enough in her injury rehabilitation to travel to Florida to wave off her astronaut husband as he boarded the shuttle for its final mission.
Nineteen people were hit in the frenzied shooting, which took place on January 8th. Those who died included conservative federal judge John Roll.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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