Gabrielle Giffords Gives First Long Interview Since January Shooting

Ten Months of Recovery

It has been ten months since Democratic member of the US House of Representatives Gabrielle Giffords was gunned down and almost killed near Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed and thirteen others injured in the incident of January 8, 2011, and many people believed Ms. Giffords’ head injury would certainly end her career in politics, if not her life altogether.

Confident, Determined and Brave

Judging by the remarkable recovery Giffords had made over the past year, it seems the skeptics may be proven wrong. In what was her first extended interview since the shooting, Giffords appeared confident and determined, and in the words of her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, “brave.”

Voted Last Summer

Giffords is still a member of the House where she returned this past summer to vote in favor of increasing the debt ceiling. But aside from this vote Giffords has not been active as a political figure, spending most of her time at her husband’s League City, Texas home where she is undergoing intensive speech, music, occupational and physical therapy.

When asked by interviewer Diane Sawyer if she was thinking about going back to Congress if she got better, Giffords replied,

“Yes, yes, yes.”

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