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Gabrielle Giffords Continues to Improve, Is Now Giving Neck Massages


After surviving a bullet through the brain, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot by Jared Lee Loughner on January 8 outside a Tucson Safeway, has been upgraded from critical to stable condition and, apparently, is giving back and neck massages to her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, who said this is “so typical,” via the New York Post, to Diane Sawyer in an interview airing today.

“I keep tellin’ her, I’m like, ‘Gabby, you’re in the ICU. You know, you don’t need . . . to be doin’ this,’ ” Kelly said. “But it’s so typical of her that no matter how bad the situation might be for her, you know, she’s looking out for other people.”

Although doctors warn not to infer too much, yet, they say it’s a good sign:

“There’s a lot of inference there, but it does imply that she is recognizing him and that she’s interacting in an old, familiar way with him,” Dr. G. Michael Lemole said at a briefing at the University Medical Center.

So far Giffords, whom the Wall Street Journal reports underwent surgery over the weekend to repair her right eye socket, has not attempted to speak or write. She may be released within days to another recovery facility for rehabilitation.

Previously: Gabrielle Giffords Is a Woman: Here’s Why It Matters

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