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by Zoe Pollock

Chris Rovzar urges caution in the media's coverage:

 In the absence of up-to-date images, we've been treated to the same stock images of Giffords's perky, smiling face ... Even with the proper preparation, seeing what she looks like even halfway through her rehab could come as a shock.

It is still very possible that Gabrielle Giffords will make a full recovery. She has the support of family, colleagues, and a now-enraptured American public. But it would be an additional, needless tragedy if the breathless coverage of her rehabilitation eventually turned sour, or if the inevitable setbacks and delays made her already amazing recovery seem any less like a miracle. Hopefully, in rehab, she'll be able to recover away from the scrutiny of the 24-hour news cycle, and when she does emerge, we will still be surprised by something wonderful.

(Photo:  A handwritten note sits in flowers outside the Texas Institute of Rehabilitation and Research for their newest patient U.S. Rep. Gabriel Giffords (D-AZ) on January 21, 2011 in Houston, Texas. By Eric Kayne/Getty Images)

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