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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:17 PM
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(Heck Ya!) 'Giffords close to walking on own' - UPI
Giffords close to walking on own
United Press International
Published: April 24, 2011 at 12:46 PM
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/04/24/Giffords-clos... /


HOUSTON, April 24 (UPI) -- After 15 weeks of recovery, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., is making great strides and can now stand on her own, her doctors said.

"I can't say I notice improvement every day, but I can every few days," her husband, astronaut Mark Kelley, told The Arizona Republic.

The left side of Giffords' brain was pierced during a shooting at a constituent event in Tucson Jan. 8, leaving her with limited function on the opposite side of her body and forcing her to complete many tasks with her left hand.

Doctors say it is difficult for her to string together long sentences, but Giffords clearly communicates in short bursts, the newspaper reported Sunday. Her awareness of her surroundings is keen, and she can now stand on her own and is close to walking independently.

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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:41 PM
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1. Ms. Giffords sounds like she is coming back to finish her most important work.
Making sure those who need healthcare for brain injuries know there is hope..
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-24-11 10:41 PM
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2. Gotta kick....
Just for the awesome pic.


:D
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:04 AM
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3. I heard that on the news! YAY!
:bounce:

Thanks for the post!

:hi:
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PBS Poll-435 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:47 PM
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4. Pretty exciting stuff!
:hi:


Thanks.
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