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Gabrielle Giffords Stood Up Looked Out Window

Gabrielle Giffords Stood Up Looked Out Window - Just 12 days after she was shot in the head, U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords can stand with assistance, has tried to speak and is using an iPad, doctors and her husband said on Thursday.

In a key turning point in the congresswoman's recuperation, Giffords is to be moved on Friday from the Tucson hospital where she has remained since the shooting to a special rehabilitation facility in Houston, Texas.

At a news conference on her last full day at University Medical Center in Tucson, doctors said she has come a long way in a short time given the severity of her injury.

"She is beginning to stand with assistance, she is scrolling through an iPad -- these are all fantastic advances for her. They do show higher cognitive function," Dr. Michael Lemole, chief of neurology at UMC told reporters.

"But I do want to caution ... that she has a long road ahead of her," he added.

Giffords, 40, was shot through the head on January 8 when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of constituents gathered to meet her outside a Tucson supermarket. Six bystanders including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl were killed, and 13 others were wounded, Giffords among them.

Gabrielle Giffords Stood Up Looked Out Window

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