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Gabrielle Giffords Talking by Phone, Intern Says

Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Daniel Hernandez, the hero intern credited with helping to save the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., says he has spoken with the Representative by phone, most recently on Wednesday.

"It's great hearing her voice," the Hernandez told the Arizona Republic. Out of privacy he did not comment on what was specifically said with Rep. Giffords.

"Pretty soon you will be able to ask her yourself because she's just doing extremely well and recovering very quickly," he said.

Hernandez was honored last month at the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute's annual conference in Chicago for rushing to action just after Giffords was shot by Jared Loughner while meeting with constituents outside of a Safeway grocery store on Jan. 8. Six were killed in the shooting and a dozen others were injured.

Last week, two and a half months after suffering a gunshot wound to the head in Tucson, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband Mark Kelly said she is beginning to walk and talk.

Kelly, an astronaut scheduled to command space shuttle Endeavor's final mission later this month, said that pending "final approval" from her doctors, Giffords plans to watch the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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