Giffords Leaves Houston For Husband’s Space Shuttle Launch

HOUSTON (AP) – Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left the hospital and boarded an airplane Wednesday to travel to Florida to see her husband’s space shuttle launch in another important step in her long recovery from a bullet wound to the head suffered at a political event nearly four months ago.

Giffords chief of staff Pia Carusone confirmed to The Associated Press that she and the congresswoman boarded a jet in Houston. She declined to comment further, except to say she will be flying with Giffords and they will arrive in Cape Canaveral together.

“We haven’t taken off yet but we’re at the air field,” Carusone said minutes before they were to take off.

Her husband, Mark Kelly, is leading the shuttle crew that is set to lift off on Friday in an event that President Barack Obama will also attend. Kelly arrived at NASA’s launch site Tuesday to prepare for the nation’s next-to-last space shuttle mission.

“It’s something she’s been looking forward to for a long time,” Kelly said of his wife’s attendance at the launch. “She’s been working really hard to make sure that her doctors would permit her to come. She’s more than medically ready to be here, and she’s excited about making this trip.”

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One Comment

  1. helen martin says:

    Hooray for GABBY!!!!!!!!

  2. Robyn says:

    I can’t believe it’s only been 4 months and she’s already in such great shape! Wow.

  3. Paul says:

    Where’s the dang pics? Is she going to be able to watch the whole launch without SOMEBODY getting a pic of her?

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