Giffords husband 'extremely hopeful' for recovery

January 20, 2011 22:31

TUCSON — US Representative Gabrielle Giffords' family is hoping she will be transferred to a Houston facility where she can begin extensive mental and physical rehabilitation for a gunshot wound to the head, a move that may come as early as Friday.

Giffords' swift transition from an intensive care unit to a rehab center is based on the latest research, which shows the sooner rehab starts, the better patients recover."I'm extremely hopeful that Gabrielle is going to make a full recovery," her husband, Mark Kelly, said at a news conference at University Medical Center in Tucson. "She is a fighter like nobody else that I know."

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