US congresswoman Giffords discharged from hospital

By REUTERS
June 16, 2011 01:27

HOUSTON, June 15 (Reuters) - U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was discharged on Wednesday from the Houston hospital where she has been recovering since she was shot in the head during a political event in Arizona in January, the hospital said.

TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital said in a statement that Giffords will soon begin outpatient treatment at the same facility. The Arizona Democrat's cognitive abilities and physical strength have improved, it said.

"Congresswoman Giffords has shown clear, continuous improvement from the moment she arrived at TIRR five months ago," said Dr. Gerard Francisco, the hospital's chief medical officer. "We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment. We have no doubt that she will continue to make significant strides in her recovery."


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