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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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Gabrielle Giffords' Hero Intern Honored in Chicago

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CHICAGO) -- Daniel Hernandez, the hero intern credited with helping to save the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after last month's shootings in Tucson, Ariz., was honored this weekend in Chicago.

At the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute's annual conference, the modest Hernandez was applauded for his heroism when he rushed to action just after Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, was shot in the head on Jan. 8.

The 21-year-old University of Arizona junior used the occasion to condemn hateful speech in politics and call for an end to caustic discourse.

"For too long we've been focusing on destructive political discourse instead of constructive political discourse," he said Saturday.

Since his heroic snap to action in Tucson, Hernandez has been honored across the country. He was singled out when he was a guest of honor at President Obama's State of the Union address last month.

Hernandez also visited New York's city hall last month to support Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

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Rep. Giffords' Intern: 'Congresswoman Was Alert'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Daniel Hernandez, the intern described by some as the hero who assisted Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords immediately after Saturday's shooting, provided a first-hand account of the attack in Tucson, Ariz.

"When I heard gunshots, my first instinct was to head toward the congresswoman to make sure that she was okay," Hernandez told ABC News.  "Once I saw that she was down, and there were more than one victim, I went ahead and started doing the limited triage that I could with what I had."

Hernendez had volunteered to assist Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her staff at a meet-and-greet event designed to put the congresswoman in contact with her constituents.  The event took a tragic turn when Jared Loughner opened fire on the congresswoman, her staff and the participating constituents.

"When this happened, I kind of just shut off all emotion because I knew I wouldn't be any good to anyone if I had a breakdown," Hernendez remembered.  "I had to lift up the congresswoman because she was severely injured, and I wanted to make sure that she was able to breathe okay because there was so much blood."

Hernendez used smocks from the grocery store to bandage the wounded victims.

"The congresswoman was alert.  She was able to hold my hand when I asked her if she could hear me," said Hernandez.  "I wasn't able to get any words from her.  She may have been trying, but because of the way that I was having to hold her it was a lot easier to just 'if you can hear me Gabby just grab my hand to let me know that you're okay.'"

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