Giffords Laughs, Chats in First Public Appearance

Congresswoman at ceremony to honor husband
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2011 4:05 AM CDT
Endeavour commander Mark Kelly and other crew members were awarded the Spaceflight Medal.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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(Newser) – Gabrielle Giffords laughed, chatted with people around her, and even rose from her wheelchair to hug husband Mark Kelly during her first public appearance before a crowd since she was shot in the head nearly six months ago. Hundreds of people gave the congresswoman a standing ovation when she arrived at a ceremony in Houston to honor Kelly and other crew members from the Endeavour shuttle's final mission, ABC News reports.

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