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Wednesday
Jan192011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Stands on Both Feet, Looks Out Window

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords stood on both feet with assistance and looked out a window Wednesday, another milestone in her recovery after a gunman fired a bullet through her brain during an attack in Tucson, Arizona 11 days ago, according to University Medical Center officials.

Giffords is expected to be transported Friday to the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Houston's Memorial Hermann hospital, which specializes in brain injuries, her office said Wednesday. The exact day of the move could change, depending on Giffords' condition.

The institute, also known as TIRR Memorial Hermann, is part of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Giffords' office said in a statement that facilities across the country had been considered for her rehabilitation but TIRR was chosen because of its reputation and proximity to Tucson.

Her husband, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, lives in Houston, where he trains at NASA's Johnson Space Center.

The congresswoman is the last of the shooting victims remaining at Tucson's University Medical Center, the hospital said Wednesday.

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