Giffords to Leave Arizona Hospital Friday

More

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is expected to leave the hospital Friday to continue her recovery at a rehabilitation center in Houston, her office announced today.

Giffords is scheduled to be transported from the University Medical Center in Tucson to the TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston, according to a release from the congresswoman's office.


"The congresswoman's family wants to ensure she receives the best rehabilitative care possible for her type of serious penetrating brain injury," said Dr. Michael Lemole, one of the attending neurosurgeon at University Medical Center at the University of Arizona. The statement said that doctors and family members considered rehabilitation facilities in Washington, Chicago,  New York and Houston before deciding on TIRR Memorial, which is part of the Texas Medical Center. TIRR Memorial is one of the premier institutions for treatment of the kind of brain injury that Giffords sustained when she was shot on a Tucson street corner 11 days ago, the press release said.

"I am extremely hopeful at the signs of recovery that my wife has made since the shooting," said Mark Kelly, the congresswoman's husband. "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."

Jump to comments
Presented by

Billy House

Bill House is a staff writer (Congress) for National Journal.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

The Time JFK Called the Air Force to Complain About a 'Silly Bastard'

51 years ago, President John F. Kennedy made a very angry phone call.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Adventures in Legal Weed

Colorado is now well into its first year as the first state to legalize recreational marijuana. How's it going? James Hamblin visits Aspen.

Video

What Makes a Story Great?

The storytellers behind House of CardsandThis American Life reflect on the creative process.

Video

Tracing Sriracha's Origin to Thailand

Ever wonder how the wildly popular hot sauce got its name? It all started in Si Racha.

Video

Where Confiscated Wildlife Ends Up

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In