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fredtrav
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She is in our prayers along with the families of the other victims. Such a senseless tragedy.

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Rep. Giffords office has released this photo showing her husband, Mark Kelly sitting vigil with his wife in the hospital.


Credit: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords office

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My deepest condolences go out to all those victims of Saturday's senseless violence.

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NASA is now accepting letters and cards, as well as online comments for Rep. Giffords and her family.
Since the tragic shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, on Saturday, Jan. 8, messages of support and well wishes have overwhelmed several communications paths at NASA.

As a result, this site has been created to provide a location where you can submit messages intended for Rep. Giffords’ husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, Commander of Space Shuttle Mission STS-134, and her brother-in-law, astronaut Scott Kelly, Commander of Expedition 26 aboard the International Space Station.

In recent statements, both thanked the public for the overwhelming messages of support they have received.

Please send your message here. Your comments will be displayed below and sent to Mark and Scott.

For cards or letters, the mailing address is:

Scott Kelly and/or Mark Kelly (please specify)
c/o Kelly Curtis, Mailcode: CB
NASA Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058

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What a touching photograph. I'm sure all of us can relate to how he must feel.

Nice to hear that her prospects are so much better than they might have been.

My thoughts are with all the families who have suffered, and let's hope for a full recovery for those injured.

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My heart is with Mark, Scott Kelly and the family and friends of the victims.

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Prayers for a full and speedy recovery, and strength for family and friends.

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I pray that Rep. Giffords and all of the other wounded make a full recovery. I am heartened and amazed at the progress she has shown in this short time. Truly miraculous. May it continue.

I pray for the souls lost last Saturday and that their tragic sacrifice will move our society to come together as never before and work to make our children's future brighter.

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Speaking tonight at a prayer service in Tucson, President Obama announced that Rep. Giffords opened her eyes today for the first time since being shot through the head on Saturday.

According to the President, it happened a few minutes after he left her hospital room earlier in the evening. Mark Kelly gave the President permission to share the news.

Present with Giffords as she opened her eyes were some of her fellow elected officials, including Nancy Pelosi, Kirsten Gillibrand and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Awesome.

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We wish her speedy recovery.

R.I.P. to all the victims. Our prayers are with their families.

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Congresswoman Giffords' doctors have started calling her recovery "a miracle."

After opening her eyes on Wednesday, today she is responding to seeing friends and family. Her doctors were able to sit her up and have her dangle her legs off the side of the bed.

According to the Associated Press, citing Dr. Peter Rhee, the next milestone will be removing her breathing tube, and possibly having her sit in a chair tomorrow.

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This is extraordinary news. It is heartbreaking that several families are instead burying their loved ones. I find it heartening that we can find hope and joy in the midst of such a tragedy.

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That is great news, Robert.

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Mark Kelly sat down on Saturday with ABC's Diane Sawyer for his first interview since the Tucson shootings.
For the first time, Capt. Kelly opens up to Diane Sawyer about the moment he heard the tragic news, the emotional bed-side vigil he has kept since, and how the nation's outpouring of support has impacted them. In addition, Sawyer gets insight into the dynamics of the couple from friends and loved ones who know them best.

The exclusive interview will air during a special edition of "20/20" with Diane Sawyer reporting. "The Congresswoman and the Astronaut: An American Story of Love and Strength" on Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. EST on the ABC Television Network.

Portions of the interview will first air Tuesday on "Good Morning America," "World News with Diane Sawyer," and will continue later that evening on "Nightline" with additional coverage from ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW, and ABC NewsOne, the network's affiliate news service.

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From the Arizona Health Sciences Center patient update for Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011:
Three patients from the tragic shooting a week ago remain at UMC. Two are listed in good condition and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been upgraded to serious condition from critical because she is no longer on a ventilator.

The Congresswoman continues to do well. She is breathing on her own.

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The Gabrielle Giffords Earth and Space Leadership Fund is dedicated to science education.

To honor the victims of the recent tragedy in Tucson and their families, we have started a fund in Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' name to support future leaders in earth and space sciences, engineering and policy. In her 112th Congress swearing-in speech, Gabby talked about the need for leadership. She also strongly supports earth and space sciences, as well as technology innovations and public policy that benefit our nation. Gabby is to administer the fund, which is intended to help develop America's leadership in these critical areas through a range of activities, sponsorships and support for students.

The Gabrielle Giffords Earth and Space Leadership Fund was started by friends and supporters of hers from Tucson and the Space community. We are grateful for the positive outpouring of support for her, and the other victims of this tragedy and appreciative of all who are helping create a lasting tribute.

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I just made my donation to the leadership fund. Makes sense to me.

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I also made a small donation. It's the least I could do

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NASA TV video release
Scott Kelly, twin brother of fellow astronaut Mark Kelly, speaks with ABC News Primetime Host Diane Sawyer from the International Space Station about the Tucson shooting of his sister in-law, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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If you missed "The Congresswoman and the Astronaut" when it aired last night on ABC's 20/20 primetime news magazine program, the full show is now available on the ABC News website.

According to an e-mail sent to family and friends by Gabrielle Giffords' mother Gloria, the Congresswoman will be moved from Tucson's University Medical Center to rehabilitation facilities in Houston, Texas, on Friday. From the same e-mail (via media reports):

Last night, she took [her husband's] iPod and scrolled through all the pictures. Early this morning she began to read cards made for her by some 4th graders! Her unbandaged eye tracked the lines, she opened the cards and turned them over reading the back. Mark's gotten pages of large print of Harry Potter's 1st book for her to hold and read.

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She also buttoned Mark's top button, and tied his tie! She gave him a 10 minute neck massage yesterday. Any motor deficit not apparent yet. The memorial at UMC Hospital is now huge-over an acre, and smaller ones are springing up all over town.

Mark Kelly expects 100% recovery, and back to work in a few months.

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On Friday, Congresswoman Giffords was moved from Tucson to Houston and the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center.

Doctors there are treating Giffords for fluid buildup in her brain, a complication that developed before she left Arizona, but is expected to move later this week to TIRR, Memorial Hermann to begin her rehabilitation.

Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, checked in Monday at Johnson Space Center for the first time since the shooting, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Kelly is currently slated to participate in a schedule of training set to start Feb. 7, ahead of the final Endeavor flight, he said.

"Whether I'm actually going to do that or not, we have not decided," Kelly said, adding that he planned to make a decision about training over the next two weeks.

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After having her condition upgraded from serious to good, Gabrielle Giffords was moved just moments ago to TIRR, Memorial Hermann to begin her rehabilitation.

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The New York Times provided an update yesterday on Gabrielle Giffords' progress, including the news of a long distance phone call.
Ms. Carusone [Giffords’s chief of staff] said that on Sunday afternoon, Ms. Giffords's husband, Capt. Mark E. Kelly, put the congresswoman on the phone to talk to his twin brother and fellow astronaut, Scott, who is aboard the International Space Station.

"She said, 'Hi, I’m good,'" Ms. Carusone said.

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It's been a while since this thread was last updated, and in the time that has passed Congresswoman Giffords has been steadily recovering at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. She can now stand on her own and is working on improving her walking.

And, according to ABC News today, she has been cleared to attend the launch of her husband Mark Kelly and his STS-134 crewmates on space shuttle Endeavour.

"As one of NASA's biggest supporters in Congress, she was looking forward to having the opportunity to be there, and I think there is a pretty good chance to have that," [Kelly] said in March.

She is getting that chance, and now her staff, doctors, and space agency officials are planning Giffords' transportation and medical care to watch the launch.

Giffords will have company with her, including her family, her husband's family, her staff and President Obama, with his wife Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha. Her staff has warned this will not be a public appearance for Giffords though they have suggested they may release a photo post launch.

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'Go' Gabrielle!

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Since last updating this thread, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords traveled to Florida twice to see her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly launch on space shuttle Endeavour.

Giffords' congressional office posted on Facebook today the first photos of Giffords to be released since she was shot in January.

According to her chief of staff, Giffords may be released from the TIRR Memorial rehabilitation center in Houston by the end of the month. According to media reports, Giffords wants to return to Arizona, where she will continue outpatient care.

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Go Gabby and Godspeed Mark Kelly.

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She looks wonderful!

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Could not agree more Scott. Quite remarkable.

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TIRR Memorial Hermann release
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' Recovery Reaches Major Milestone Today

Arizona congresswoman will begin outpatient therapy in Texas

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords reached a major milestone in her recovery today when she was discharged from TIRR Memorial Hermann and will soon begin outpatient treatment at the same facility.

Doctors treating the Arizona congresswoman say her cognitive abilities and physical strength have improved to the point where she no longer needs to remain a patient in the hospital.

"Congresswoman Giffords has shown clear, continuous improvement from the moment she arrived at TIRR five months ago," said Dr. Gerard Francisco, the hospital's chief medical officer.

"We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment. We have no doubt that she will continue to make significant strides in her recovery."

Giffords, who was shot in the head on Jan. 8, will move into the home of her husband, Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, in League City, Texas.

"Gabby gives her all to everything she does and that's exactly what she's been doing at TIRR since Jan. 26," said Kelly. "The remarkable progress she has made since then is a testament to both her single-minded determination to get better and the team of medical professionals overseeing her care."

As an outpatient, Giffords' intensive therapy program will not change. Her care will continue to be overseen by Dr. Francisco, who also serves as the chairman of the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

The congresswoman will continue to work with the same rehab team that she has worked with so far.

"This continuity of care will ensure that the congresswoman's recovery continues to go well," Francisco said. "The benefit - and we expect it to be significant - is that she will be able to leave TIRR every afternoon."

At Kelly's home, Giffords will be assisted by a 24-hour home health provider.

"Anyone who knows Gabby knows that she loves being outside," Kelly said. "Living and working in a rehab facility for five months straight has been especially challenging for her. She will still go to TIRR each day but from now on, when she finishes rehab, she will be with her family."

On May 18, Giffords underwent a cranioplasty procedure to replace a portion of her skull that had been removed to relieve the pressure of swelling on her brain. The cranioplasty replaced the missing skull fragment with a ceramic implant, around which bone cells will grow in time.

A permanent shunt was also implanted to drain fluids into her abdominal cavity via a plastic tube. Both procedures were successful. Doctors removed the stitches from the cranioplasty two weeks ago, a final step in the healing process.

"Gabby has recovered well from the surgery," said Dr. Dong Kim, director of Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann and professor and chair, department of Neurosurgery, UTHealth Medical School. "Her wounds have healed, she has resumed full physical therapy without a helmet, and I am comfortable that she can be discharged."

Giffords started rehabilitation in the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Neurotrauma intensive care unit (ICU) on Friday, January 21, when she was flown from Arizona to Houston, and then brought by Life Flight helicopter to the hospital's level one trauma center. She was transferred to TIRR Memorial Hermann on Wednesday, January 26.

During her stay at Memorial Hermann, the congresswoman has been under the care of a multidisciplinary team that also includes Dr. Imoigele Aisiku, director of Neurocritical Care, Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann and associate professor and vice chairman of Critical Care, department of Neurosurgery at UTHealth, and Dr. Bryan Oh, neurotrauma surgeon, Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial Hermann, and assistant professor of neurotrauma, UTHealth Medical School.

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That is wonderful news. I know she and Mark Kelly have a long road ahead of them but that is a major milestone. They will continue to be in our prayers.

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Houston is flat and hot, but if you need medical care, there isn't a better place to be. Best wishes to Mark and Gabby!

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Keep up the great recovery Gabby!! Best wishes to you and your family!! You are in our thoughts and prayers!! God Bless!!!

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A Message from Gabby

Arizona is my home, always will be. A lot has happened over the past year. We cannot change that. But I know on the issues we fought for we can change things for the better. Jobs, border security, veterans. We can do so much more by working together. I don't remember much from that horrible day, but I will never forget the trust you placed in me to be your voice. Thank you for your prayers and for giving me time to recover. I have more work to do on my recovery so to do what is best for Arizona I will step down this week. I'm getting better. Every day, my spirit is high. I will return and we will work together for Arizona and this great country. Thank you very much.

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A sad but courageous decision to step down from her post in Congress. But with the help and support of her husband and family and friends, she can continue the healing process after the events of that terrible day. Good luck to her, and may she have a long and fulfilling life..

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Her husband, Mark Kelly, gave a motivational talk Monday evening at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and I went down to watch (and shake his hand afterwards). It was arranged thanks to the help of a member of Gabby's election staff who is a UNL alum.

Mark talked about his life, Gabby's, the aftermath of the shooting, etc.. The main thing he made clear though is he is not going to run for Congress, no matter how many times he has been asked. He will spend the foreseeable future helping Gabby to recover. That is his mission now, and it is a worthy one.

I wish them both well.

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From Department of the Navy
Navy Names Littoral Combat Ship Gabrielle Giffords

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Feb. 10 that the next Independence variant littoral combat ship (LCS) will be named USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10).

The selection of Gabrielle Giffords, designated LCS 10, honors the former congresswoman from Tucson, Ariz. who is known for supporting the military and veterans, advocating for renewable energy and championing border security. Giffords recently resigned from Congress to recover from wounds she sustained in an assassination attempt in 2011.

Above: The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the honorable Ray Mabus shakes hands with retired Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, from Arizona, at the Pentagon.

"The Navy motto is Semper Fortis, Always Courageous," said Mabus during a ceremony held in the Pentagon Courtyard. "Unwavering courage has defined the Navy for 236 years and it is what we expect, what we demand of our Sailors every single day. So it's very appropriate that LCS 10 be named for someone who has become synonymous with courage, who has inspired the nation with remarkable resiliency and showed the possibilities of the human spirit."

Mabus also announced the ship's sponsor will be Roxanna Green. Green is the mother of Christina-Taylor Green, the nine-year-old girl who was killed while attending the meeting of constituents where Giffords was shot. A ship's sponsor plays an important role in the life of the ship, naval tradition holds that her spirit and presence guide the ship throughout its service life.

"On that dark, tragic day now more than a year ago, Christina-Taylor Green was taken from us. A nine-year-old who had just been elected to the student council, she wanted to become a more active participant in our democracy. Her mother, Roxanna Green, continues to express her daughter's hope for the future and, as the President said, "of a nation as good as she imagined."

"I am pleased to honor Gabrielle Giffords and the people of Arizona with the naming of this ship," said Mabus. "Giffords and the ship's sponsor, Roxanna Green, are sources of great inspiration and represent the Navy and Marine Corps qualities of overcoming, adapting and coming out victorious despite great challenges."

The ship is part of a dual block buy of LCS class ships announced by Mabus in December 2010. By procuring both versions of the LCS - Lockheed Martin's semiplaning monohull and General Dynamic's aluminum trimaran - the Navy is stabilizing the LCS program and the industrial base with an award of 20 ships each; increasing ship procurement rates to support operational requirements; sustaining competition through the program; and enhancing foreign military sales opportunities. Both designs meet the Navy's LCS requirement. However, the diversity provided by two designs provides operational flexibility.

Littoral combat ships perform a vital role in the Navy's ability to execute DoD's Defense Strategy. USS Gabrielle Giffords will be designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters. A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore, such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare, and surface warfare. The LCS class of ships will be outfitted with reconfigurable payloads, called mission packages, which can be changed out quickly as combat needs demand. These mission packages are supported by special detachments that will deploy manned and unmanned vehicles and sensors in support of mine, undersea and surface warfare missions.

Gabrielle Giffords will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and make speed in excess of 40 knots. The construction will be led by Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile, Ala.

This is the 16th ship to be named for a woman and the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850. This is the first ship to bear Giffords' name.

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I think this is a very nice thing, but being a combat veteran, I would like to see more honors go to some of my fellow fallen comrades in my sister services (Navy and Marines). Just my opinion.


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