Congresswoman Giffords To Be Released From Hospital Friday

Considering how this story started, this news is both good and pretty remarkable:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be released from a Tucson, Ariz., hospital Friday just under two weeks after she suffered a gunshot wound to her head.

Giffords is set to be moved from the University Medical Center to Houston’s Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Memorial Hermann hospital, KTRK-TV confirmed Wednesday

The facility specializes in helping people recuperate from brain injuries.

Last night on ABC, Giffords husband Mark Kelly said he had no idea what the rehabilitation process would be like for her and revealed that he had yet to tell her about the other deaths that occurred on January 8th out of concern for how she will react to the news.

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  1. tom p says:

    almost unbelievable….

  2. tps says:

    The human brain is a wonderous creation and its powers of self-healing/re-wiring can’t be dismissed. That’s why you have to be careful when a person is in a coma or a “unresponsive to commands”. They could still be there and just unable to respond.

  3. michael reynolds says:

    Fortunately she’s getting all the care and the expensive rehab she’d probably be denied if she were poor, or if she were less famous in which case the health insurance companies would go to work and see if they could find a pretext for canceling her insurance.

  4. anjin-san says:

    michael, michael. Poor people are expendable. There will always be more of them. And working and middle class folks struggling to get adequate health care? Well, shame on them for not being rich or famous.

  5. Neil Hudelson says:


    If they want healthcare, why do they continue to choose to be poor?

  6. Steve Plunk says:

    Take a good story and ruin it guys. Politics aside I hope she recovers soon.

  7. anjin-san says:

    > Take a good story and ruin it guys

    Yea, giving a shit about poor kids being able to get shots and see a doctor pretty much ruins everything. I see your point.