Gabrielle Giffords to Leave Hospital in Weeks ... or Days

She'll next be moved to a rehabilitation center
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2011 8:05 AM CST

(Newser) – The miraculous recovery is sounding even more miraculous: Gabrielle Giffords could be discharged from her Tucson hospital in weeks, or even days. Her doctors made the announcement yesterday, adding that her family is currently searching for the rehabilitation center that Giffords will move to next, reports the Wall Street Journal, which notes the rehab process will be a lengthy one.

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Doctors also commented on Giffords' eyesight: The bullet pushed bone fragments into her right eye; the socket has since been repaired using titanium metal mesh. "We think her perception is there. The optic nerves look good," said the eye surgeon who operated on her. But as for how much vision Giffords will have, "We have to wait until she can tell us." Her left eye, apparently undamaged, "is doing great," and she is currently able to track movement with at least one eye. (However, doctors say we shouldn't infer too much about her progress from actions like these.)

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