Giffords Leaves Hospital for Rehab

Rep ready to be moved to rehab center
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2011 1:29 AM CST
Updated Jan 26, 2011 10:38 AM CST
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., left, and Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., sit next to the empty seat of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, prior to President Obama's State of the Union address.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Gabrielle Giffords was moved from the Houston hospital where she's been recuperating to a nearby rehabilitation facility today, after her condition was upgraded from serious to good. Police halted traffic along the route, and construction workers draped tarps around one of the rehab center's entrances to obscure Giffords' arrival, the Houston Chronicle reports. Doctors say Giffords has made "strong progress" since arriving at the intensive care unit on Friday.

Last night her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, watched President Obama's State of the Union speech from Giffords' bedside, holding his wife's hand, the Los Angeles Times reports. Arizona's congressional delegation left a seat empty in tribute to their injured colleague and most lawmakers in attendance wore black-and-white lapel ribbons in memory of the victims of the Tucson shootings.

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