Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Transferred to Houston for Treatment and Rehab
Matt | On 24, Jan 2011
There’s some really good news to come out of Tucson, Arizona lately in the wake of the January 8 mass shooting.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the main target of the shooting rampage, has been released from University of Arizona Medical Center and transferred to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston for further trauma treatment. From there, she will be moved to a rehabilitation center. She made it to Texas on Friday by plane with her mother and husband by her side.
Giffords was hosting a “Congress On Your Corner” event two weeks ago when an armed man, allegedly Jared Loughner, approached her and a small crowd of people and opened fire on them. Nineteen people were shot and six of them died, including a federal judge. Giffords suffered a bullet wound to the skull, but has miraculously survived. She faces a long road of rehabilitation ahead of her.
At this time, she is still technically representing Arizona’s 8th district. Her area covers the southeastern part of the state and its border with Mexico, including the city of Tucson.
Doctors says that Giffords has some paralysis on her right side. She is able to move her mouth, but not speak. She was able to stand in the hospital. Portions of her skull are still missing and will be reattached once they determine that no infection has set in.
For me, this news is so hopeful and really needed. It’s hard to take the events of January 8 and “find the good” in them, but I think this is one major victory. Another is the fact that so many people survived the incident. It makes you appreciate each moment of life more.
I continue to wish Rep. Giffords and the other remaining victims of the tragedy the best in their recoveries. Let’s keep the families of the fallen in our thoughts and prayers as well too.