Congresswoman Giffords discharged from hospital

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 15, 2011 6:08 PM
Congresswoman Giffords discharged from hospital

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was discharged on Wednesday from the Houston hospital where she has been recovering since she was shot in the head during a meeting with constituents in January, the hospital said.

TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital said in a statement that Giffords will soon begin outpatient treatment at the same facility. The Arizona Democrat's cognitive abilities and physical strength have improved, it said.

"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 was shot in the head at close range by a gunman who opened fire at her and crowd of bystanders at a political event on January 8 outside a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona. Twelve other people also were wounded, and six were killed, including a federal judge, a young girl and one of Giffords' aides.

(Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Greg McCune)