Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appears in public for the first time since Tucson incident

By on Jun 30, 2011 in International, Politics, United States Comments

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appeared in public on Monday, June 27, 2011 for the first time since Tucson incident last January, and even stood up from her wheelchair.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords file photo
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According to ABC News on Tuesday, Rep. Giffords attended an event at the Space Center Houston where his husband Mark Kelly received the Spaceflight Medal on Monday.

A Spaceflight Medal is being awarded to shuttle astronauts who have safely returned home from their space missions, with Mark Kelly being the commander of STS-134, the Endeavour‘s last mission.

Rep. Giffords attended the launch of NASA’s Endeavour STS-134 mission on May 16, 2011, while her first photo after the Arizona incident was released last June 12.

As noted in the report, the Arizona congresswoman had a chat with the people beside her, smiling, and even kissed her husband after standing up from her wheelchair.

Giffords, who was released from the hospital last June 15, also visited Tuscon a few days ago for the first time since January 8, 2011, the day when the Arizona incident took place.

The 41-year old Democratic politician was noted to be continuously recovering but still receiving medication as outpatient of TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Last Thursday, June 23, Kelly announced that he will be retiring from the United States Navy and will leave NASA effective October 1, 2011 after 25 years in service.

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