Giffords Can Move Both Sides of Her Body

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand spoke with husband Mark Kelly, passes on details
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2011 12:33 PM CST
In this Oct. 6, 2008 file photo, Rep. Gabielle Giffords, D-Tucson, addresses the Governor's Southern Arizona Military Veterans' Roundtable.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – More good news on the Gabrielle-Giffords-recovery front: She's now able to move both sides of her body. Speaking on Meet the Press today, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she had spoken with Giffords' husband last night, and the update was a good one: "She's using both sides of her body. She's able to breathe on her own. She's able to open her eyes and to show people she understands what she's hearing and seeing." When asked if Giffords could speak yet, Gillibrand replied, "No. No. It's far too early for that."

"But she's making progress every day," noted Gillibrand. "It's an extraordinary amount of progress for a woman who sustained such a horrific injury that she did." Click here for more on Giffords' current condition.

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