Gabrielle Giffords Gets Intensive Therapy – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is in North Carolina for two weeks of intensive therapy sessions. Giffords is still receiving treatment as she recovers form a gunshot would to the head.
Her office says in a statement Sunday that the Arizona congresswoman is expected to spend time with a therapist who has worked with her in Houston for the last several months and has been extensively involved in her therapy.
She will work with a specialist from Monday through Nov. 4 in Asheville, N.C. No other specifics on her therapy were given.
Her staff says the trip is strictly rehabilitation-related and has been planned for several months. No public appearances or events are scheduled.
Giffords is recovering from a brain injury suffered on Jan. 8 in Tucson. Six people were killed and 13 were wounded, including Giffords.
Those killed in the incident include United States District Court for the District of Arizona Chief Judge John Roll and one of Rep. Giffords’s staffers. News reports identified the target of the attack as Giffords, a Democrat representing Arizona’s 8th congressional district. She was shot through the head at point-blank range, and her medical condition was initially described as “critical”.
A 22-year-old Tucson man, Jared Lee Loughner, was arrested at the scene. Federal prosecutors have filed five charges against him, including the attempted assassination of a member of Congress, and the assassination of a federal judge; both of which carry the death penalty
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