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article imageRep. Giffords released from hospital, begins outpatient treatment

By Leo Reyes     Jun 15, 2011 in Politics
US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is home bound after being released from a hospital in Houston, Texas to continue outpatient care in her Little League City home in Texas.
Giffords has undergone treatment and skull surgery for close to six months following the mass shooting in Arizona where she was hit by a bullet in the head.
"We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment," said Dr. Gerard Francisco, the hospital's chief medical officer. Francisco will continue to supervise Giffords' case.
The mass shooting happened in front of Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Arizona where six people were killed and 13 others injured including Rep. Giffords.
Jared Lee Loughner, 22, the suspect in the mass shooting has been charged in court and undergoing trial for the mass killing.
In the course of the court proceedings, it was learned the suspect is mentally impaired.
"A judge has declared shooting suspect Jared Loughner mentally incapable of participating in his defense and sent him to a federal facility where doctors will try to treat his condition and make it possible to put him on trial," reports.
Rep. Giffords is married to Astronaut Mark Kelly, who headed the recently completed and successful Endeavor Space mission, said his wife will have to check out with the hospital everyday as part of her rehabilitation.
"Anyone who knows Gabby knows that she loves being outside," Kelly said in a statement released by the hospital. "Living and working in a rehab facility for five months straight has been especially challenging for her."
"The couple met in 2003 during a young leaders' forum in China, then married in 2007 in Tucson. Giffords divided her time between Washington, D.C., and Arizona, while Kelly remained in Houston," Yahoo News reports.
"The two saw each other whenever and wherever they could," the report added.
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