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Giffords leaves hospital for Houston rehab center

by Jorge Hernandez on January 21, 2011

Gabrielle Giffords is set to be flown on Friday from the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, to The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) at the Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, where doctors hope she may only need treatment for the next month or two.

The center, which specializes in spinal cord and brain rehabilitation, will work with Giffords through what some say will be an arduous process despite her miraculously speedy recovery since she was shot through the brain 12 days ago.

"We sometimes call it 'the new normal.' Not everyone gets a 100 percent restoration, but we help patients achieve a new normal by reintroducing all the aspects of their life that are meaningful to them," TIRR chief executive officer Carl Josehart told the Houston Chronicle.

Giffords has so far been able to stand up with some help, smile, scroll through an iPad and move her lips in an attempt to speak.

Her husband, Mark Kelly, has stated that Giffords is "a fighter like nobody else" and that he's confident she will be walking and talking in a matter of two months.

CNN reports that Giffords was able to be taken outside on Thursday and enjoy a final view of the Arizona mountains before she leaves for Texas.

Giffords will receive standard treatment at the facility, where there are no VIP rooms.

According to the New York Daily News, Giffords will stay at the treatment center until she no longer needs medical attention at all times of the day, after which she will continue to go for five-hour-a-day treatments as an outpatient.

Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old shooting suspect allegedly responsible for the attack, is due to appear in court on Monday.

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