Congresswoman Giffords To Be Moved To Texas Friday
FORT WORTH (KRLD/CBSDFW.COM) – Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be moved to Texas Friday, for specialized rehabilitation treatment.
In reports from Tucson Arizona, Giffords parents say she will be under the care of head wound specialists, including some who treat soldier injuries.
It’s been confirmed that Giffords will be transferred to the Houston Institute for Rehabilitation and Research.
KRLD NewsRadio 1080/CBS News Correspondent Stephan Kaufman spoke to Giffords neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Lemole, about the move. “Many rehab centers are not capable of taking patients directly from an ICU, but there are some around the country which can do that.” When asked if the Houston facility could handle such a transition he said, ‘Yes, they are capable of that”.
Giffords was one of 13 people wounded while she hosted a meeting for constituents at a Tucson shopping center on January 8. Six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, were killed and 13 others wounded.
Suspect Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is facing federal charges. Loughner is set to appear in court on Monday.
A Pima County Sheriff’s official says video of the gunman’s attack on Giffords is hard to watch but shows the heroism of the federal judge who was killed in the attack. The surveillance video was captured by the grocery store where the attack took place.
Sheriff’s Chief Rick Kastigar says he watched the first part, which shows Loughner shooting Giffords in the forehead from about two feet away. He says the 22-year-old then turns his gun on a group of people sitting in chairs waiting to meet the congresswoman.
Giffords and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, have a home near the Johnson Space Center.