Wounded US Congresswoman Arrives in Texas

Wounded US Congresswoman Arrives in Texas
# 22 January 2011 04:26 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has arrived in Houston, Texas, to enter a rehabilition center, less than two weeks after she was shot in the head during a public event in her home state of Arizona, APA reports quoting “The Voice of America”.

Veterans on motorcycles accompanied Giffords Friday as she was taken by ambulance from a hospital in Tucson to a waiting plane at a nearby Air Force base.

Her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, was among those accompanying her on the journey.

Kelly told reporters Thursday he is “extremely hopeful” about the progress his wife is making. Though he says he expects Giffords to be walking in two weeks, doctors caution that her rehabilitation will take a long time.

It is not clear yet whether the bullet damaged her speech or motor skills.

Doctors said Giffords stood up on her own and took a few steps Wednesday. Kelly says she has made attempts to speak, despite the fact that she has a tube in her throat to help her breathe.

Wednesday, a federal grand jury in Arizona indicted shooting suspect 22-year-old Jared Loughner for attempting to assassinate Giffords and attempting to murder two of her aides in the January 8 attack. Six people were killed in the shooting outside a grocery store in Tucson.

The U.S. attorney for Arizona said the charges are only the beginning of legal action against Loughner. The attempted assassination and attempted murder charges carry a possible sentence of life in prison. If he is later indicted for murder, he could face the death penalty.
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