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UPDATE: Gabrielle Giffords continues her recovery in Houston

by JewishJournal.com

March 4, 2011 | 9:30 am

March 4, 2011, 9:05 a.m.: Eight weeks after the tragedy that struck Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords continues to recover in Houston KHOU.com reports.

[Rabbi David Lyon of Congregation Beth Israel in southwest Houston] Lyon said Giffords has an appetite.

“Well, she had a little chicken soup with matzo balls. I think that’s fair to report, and as we know it is Jewish penicillin,” said Lyon. “Gabby is making the kind of progress that all of us would anticipate, whether it’s words or emotions.”

Lyon said Giffords will sometimes wear a wristband that he gave to her and her family.

Video courtesy of KHOU.com reports.

Jan. 13, 2011, 9:12 a.m.: President Obama went off script last night to let the crowd in Tucson know that Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes for the first time since last weeks shooting. Those in the room believe she was aware of their presence and that she seemed to be responsive. CNN reports:

Giffords was squeezing and stroking Gillibrand’s hand, as doctors previously said she had been able to do.

Giffords “absolutely could hear everything we were saying,” Gillibrand said. “And Debbie (Wasserman Schultz, D-Florida) and I were telling her how much she was inspiring the nation with her courage, her strength, and we were talking about the things we wanted to do as soon as she was better.”

Jan. 12, 2011, 1:15 p.m.: Dr. Peter Rhee says Gabrielle Giffords is making ‘spontaneous movements,’ the Los Angeles Times reports.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords continued to show signs of recovery with “spontaneous movements” such as feeling her wounds and adjusting her hospital gown, Dr. Peter Rhee, head of trauma at University Medical Center in Tucson, said in an interview Wednesday.

“She’s getting better every day, and she’s making more and more spontaneous movements,” he said. “She was able to actually even feel her wounds herself. She can fix her gown. She’s making very specific kinds of movements, so we’re very happy at this point.”

Jan. 11, 2011, 1:28 p.m.: According to doctors treating Gabrielle Giffords, the wounded Arizona congresswoman is showing signs of progress and is now able to breathe on her own, the Washington Post reports.

Giffords, 40, remains in critical condition after she and 19 other people were shot Saturday at an event she was holding to meet constituents outside a Tucson supermarket. Six were killed and 14, including Giffords, were wounded when a young man with apparent mental problems opened fire on the gathering with a handgun. The suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, was arraigned in federal court in Phoenix on Monday. He faces federal murder and attempted murder charges.

Read more at WashingtonPost.com.

For more coverage on the tragedy in Arizona, visit jewishjournal.com/arizona_shooting

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