Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is making great strides in recovery after last week’s shooting in Tucson.
During President Barack Obama’s address at the University of Arizona last night, he announced that Rep. Gabby Giffords had opened her eyes less than a week after being shot in the head. She had previously been in a coma.
News that Gabby opened her eyes was met with thunderous applause, but Gabby is still making astounding progress in her recovery.
"She’s becoming more aware of her surroundings," Dr. Peter Rhee, trauma chief at the University Medical Center in Tucson, told reporters during a press conference earlier today.
Doctors say that Gabby has passed a “major milestone” in her recovery by regaining some of her mobility; she is now able to lift both of her legs. She is also yawning and starting to rub her eyes.
Gabby is one of 13 people who were wounded last Saturday when Jared Loughner opened fire at an Arizona grocery store. Gabby was hosting an event for constituents at the time of the shootout. Six people died as a result of the shooting, including a 9-year-old girl, who was born on September 11, 2001.
– Sonya Eskridge