Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) is improving steadily. Her warmth is evident and she quickly bonded with the medical staff at TIRR. She can sit up, smiles to greet people who come into her room, and she understands the nursing staff whether they speak to her in English or in Spanish. Gabby has a very long road ahead of her, with daily physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. It is very hard work, but for Gabby, hard work is nothing new. We remain hopeful about her recovery, which continues on a steady upward trajectory. Her parents are with her now, and she is responding to their presence and to the love pouring in from across the country, especially from Arizona.
Her husband Astronaut Mark E. Kelly spoke yesterday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. See video to the right.
NASA announced yesterday that Mark will rejoin the STS 134 space shuttle crew that is scheduled to launch on April 19. Gabby has always been a strong supporter of Mark’s work for NASA and our country. Mark and his crew have trained for the past 18 months.