Giffords Heard Cheers, Teared Up

Rep looks 'spectacular,' has 'great rehab potential,' say new team
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2011 8:05 AM CST

(Newser) – Gabrielle Giffords' Tucson doctors handed her over to Houston rehab officials in a "flawless transfer" yesterday, and the congresswoman responded to Arizona crowds cheering along her route by "smiling and even tearing up a little bit," says one of her doctors. Giffords' plane flew 14,000 feet lower than normal to keep cabin pressure down, and the AP notes that she wore a specially designed helmet with the Arizona flag on it.

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Giffords' new Houston team was impressed: "She looks spectacular in all ways," a top neurosurgeon tells the Chronicle. "She's alert, awake, calm. She looks comfortable." Giffords has "great rehabilitation potential," added another doctor, and she was in Houston all of three hours before undergoing her first rehab session.
(Read more Gabrielle Giffords stories.)

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