Healthcare

Gabrielle Giffords Expected to Move to Houston Rehab Hospital Friday

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Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who continues to improve after being shot in the head on January 8, is likely to be moved this Friday from Tucson’s University Medical Center to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston. Via a statement released today by Giffords’ congressional office, “because this is a fluid situation, the exact day of the move will depend on the congresswoman’s health.”

“I am extremely hopeful at the signs of recovery that my wife has made since the shooting,” said [Mark] Kelly. “The team of doctors and nurses at UMC has stabilized her to the point of being ready to move to the rehabilitation phase. Their goal — and our goal — has been to provide Gabby with the best care possible. It is for that reason that we have chosen to have her undergo rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann, which has a national reputation for treating serious penetrating brain injuries and is also in a community where I have family and a strong support network.”

Giffords’ family had considered facilities in D.C., New York, and Chicago as well. TIRR is one of the top-rated hospitals in the country, with more than 40 years experience treating brain injuries like Giffords’.