Giffords Awake, Talking After Skull Surgery

She is doing well after surgery to repair her skull

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 19, 2011 1:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has woken up and is communicating after doctors placed an implant in her head to repair her skull yesterday, neurosurgeons said today in a news conference. The operation is another milestone in Giffords' recovery and will allow her to move around without the helmet she has worn since January when she began intensive rehabilitation in Houston. (Click to read more about the surgical procedure.)

In this March, 2010 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. Giffords is recuperating from implant surgery on her skull following a milestone in her recovery from an assassination attempt.   (Anonymous)
Dr. Dong Kim discusses the size of the implant he placed on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' skull, during a news conference to update Giffords' condition Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Dr. Dong Kim talks about the implant he placed on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, during a news conference Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Pia Carusone, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, talks about the date written on Giffords' helmet during a news conference to update her condition Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
This Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 photo shows Rep. Gabrielle Giffords listening intently as she talks with two of her constituents, one of whom also was injured in a shooting shortly afterward.   (AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords)
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