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Jan122011

'It Was a Miracle to Witness': Senator Gillibrand Describes Giffords Opening Her Eyes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- When Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., opened her eyes in the hospital room Wednesday for the first time since Saturday’s shooting, a trio of Congressional Democrats were in the room with her, a Congressional source said.

The three lawmakers who witnessed the moment were House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

 “We had been telling her that she was inspiring the country with her courage and that we couldn't wait to take her out to pizza and a weekend away,” Gillibrand said later, through a spokeswoman. “Then after she heard our voices and the encouragement of Mark and her parents, she struggled briefly and opened her eyes for the very first time. It was a miracle to witness."

 In his speech at Wednesday nights memorial service at the University of Arizona, President Obama told the crowd, “Gabby opened her eyes,” drawing loud cheers from the 14,000-strong audience.

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