First Photos of Giffords Out

Congresswoman might be released from rehab this month
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2011 7:35 AM CDT
This photo of Gabrielle Giffords was posted to her Facebook page Sunday, June 12, 2011. The photo was taken May 17, 2011 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, the day after the launch of Endeavour.   (AP Photo/Giffords Campaign - P.K. Weis)
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(Newser) – It's been five months since the public got a clear view of Gabrielle Giffords, and she's looking pretty good for someone who nearly died: Photos released on her Facebook page today show the congresswoman smiling, her hair cropped short, with no sign of the gunshot she took to the head. The photos were taken May 17, notes the AP, at her Houston rehab—the day after Endeavour launched and the day before her cranioplasty.

A spokeswoman says she expects Giffords to be released from rehab around the end of the month, but said doctors are considering "many factors" in deciding on her release. "We're looking at before the end of the month. We're looking at early July," she said. "We don't have a date."

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