First pictures of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords released

The Associated Press reported yesterday:Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, left, smiles at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital on May 17. (AP/P.K. Weiss,

The first photos of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot in the head in a mass shooting in Tucson about five months ago were released early Sunday.

The photos appeared on her Facebook page.

Both pictures show the congresswoman outside. In one she is alone and smiling at the camera, her hair trimmed short with the skin on the side of her head slightly disclored but with no clear sign of any scarring. In the other, she is sitting with a woman.

Giffords has been in a Houston rehab facility since two weeks after the Jan. 8 shooting. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including Giffords.

(AP/PGiffords Campaign - P.K. Weis)(AP/PGiffords Campaign – P.K. Weis)

Since the shooting, the only time the public was able to glimpse Giffords was April 27 as she boarded a plane to Florida to watch astronaut husband Mark Kelly launch into space. The grainy footage showed Giffords slowly but purposefully walking up the airplane’s stairs.

Since the shooting, the only time the public has gotten a glimpse of Giffords was April 27 as she boarded a plane to Florida to watch astronaut husband Mark Kelly launch into space. The grainy footage, taken from afar, showed Giffords slowly but purposefully walk up the airplane’s stairs.

The newly released photos provide a much clearer image.

Last month as Kelly was orbiting Earth, doctors repaired Giffords’ skull, finally freeing her from wearing a cumbersome protective helmet that her staff members say she hated.

Since the shooting, Giffords has made remarkable strides, requesting her favorite foods, singing her favorite songs, and relearning how to walk and talk, although she struggles to string sentences together.

In an interview with The Arizona Republic published Thursday, Giffords’ Chief of Staff Pia Carusone said Giffords’ limited speaking ability has led her to rely primarily on facial expressions and hand gestures to communicate.

“She is borrowing upon other ways of communicating. Her words are back more and more now, but she’s still using facial expressions as a way to express. Pointing. Gesturing,” Carusone said. “Add it all together and she’s able to express the basics of what she wants or needs. But, when it comes to a bigger and more complex thought that requires words, that’s where she’s had the trouble.”

Carusone also said that if Giffords’ recovery were to plateau now, “it would not be nearly the quality of life she had before.”

“All that we can hope for is that she won’t plateau today and that she’ll keep going and that when she does plateau, it will be at a place far away from here,” she said.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the shooting and is being held at a Missouri facility. A judge declared him incompetent to stand trial, but prosecutors hope his competency can be restored so he can answer for the charges.

Previous posts concerning Representative Gabrielle Giffords: 

Candidate #10,Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin: Republican Presidential Hopefuls (Part C, )

Piper Palin By Claudine Zap, Yahoo! Thu, Jun 02, 2011, 3:14 pm PDT The bus has Sarah Palin’s name on it, but it’s Piper Palin who is stealing the show. The 10-year-old daughter has been at the former governor’s side during the family’s East Coast tour (shown here at Boston’s Old North Church) and even […]

By Everette Hatcher III | Posted in Prolife | Edit | Comments (0)

Brummett: Politicizing Arizona is Shameful Series:    Is Rightwing Rhetoric encouraging Violence? Part 3 Bill O’Reilly  on the left-incited politicization of the tragic shooting of Rep Gabrielle Giffords. In my last post in this series I stated,” I just wish that Gene Lyons, Max Brantley, Pat Lynch, Ernest Dumas, John Brummett and every other liberal would come out and […]

Are thousands of children in USA dying in gun accidents? Ronald Reagan and others comment on “Gun Control” efforts Series on Gun Control: Part 6 Max Brantley commented on Jan 8th (Arkansas Times Blog) on the Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords getting shot and that led to his comments on the state of Arizona laws on guns: “As I said to a pro-carry lobbyist n the […]

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: