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Thursday
Jan202011

Rep. Giffords Taken Outside Hospital for First Time Since Shooting

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Capt. Mark Kelly, the astronaut husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, said Thursday that the congresswoman soon will be "back at work" and predicted she would be walking around in a couple of weeks.

"I'm extremely hopeful that Gabby will make a full recovery. She is a fighter like nobody else I know," said Kelly.

In another sign of progress, Giffords was taken outside of the hospital Thursday for the first time since the attack to give her some sunlight. Just Wednesday, she stood up for the first time with assistance and looked out of a hospital window.

"I am extremely confident that she will be back here and back at work soon," said Kelly during a press conference Thursday. "I told the hospital staff to expect her to be walking around here in a couple of weeks. She'll be back."

Kelly also joked that he knows Giffords can't wait to write "thank you" notes to all of her supporters.

Giffords already has been able to scroll through an iPad, actions described Thursday by her doctors as "fantastic achievements forward."

Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to her head on Jan. 8 when Jared Loughner allegedly opened fire at an event held by the Democratic congresswoman outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.

Since the shooting, Giffords has been treated at Tucson's University Medical Center. But she is scheduled to be moved to the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Houston's Memorial Hermann Hospital, which specializes in brain injuries.

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