Aides Release First Photos of Gabrielle Giffords Since Tragic Tucson Shooting

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Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords sports a determined smile as she continues her long journey toward recovery from being shot in the head by a lone gunman in Tucson on January 8, 2011.

Two photos of Giffords have been released by her aides on her Facebook page. Both photos are of Giffords in an outdoor setting, one face on to the camera and another standing alongside another woman.

The ability to survive being shot in the head is incredible by itself, let alone, being able to recover and regain functionality that everyone else takes for granted. Simple things including standing, walking, speaking, smiling, gesturing.

Rep. Giffords has come a long way from January 8, however, according to her Chief of Staff, Pia Carusone, Giffords still has a very long road to recovery. Her anticipated release from TIRR Memorial Hermann, the Houston rehabilitation facility Giffords has resided at to receive intensive daily rehabilitation, is early July.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Recovery Far from Over
In an interview with the Arizona Republic published earlier this week, Carusone emphasized that Giffords is presently nowhere near the person she was prior to the shooting. She stated, “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.” She continued, “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.”

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, the lone gunman in the January 8, 2011 shooting, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is presently being held in a Missouri facility. During initial hearings, a judge had declared him incompetent to stand trial, however, prosecutors are hopeful of progress to a state of competency, resulting in the continuation of a trial.

The progress of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been captured in an exclusive HULIQ April news story here.

Just yesterday, June 11, Daniel Hernandez, the aide who helped save Giffords life by attending to her wound and remaining with her until paramedics arrived on the scene, was in Milwaukee and was interviewed by a local news station. Watch that interview here.

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