Gabrielle Giffords's remarkable recovery

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 15:00 in Astronomy & Space

When US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in January, few thought she would survive. But her slow improvement is gripping the nationWhen astronaut Mark Kelly blasts off at Cape Canaveral tomorrow afternoon, commanding a flight of the space shuttle Endeavour, millions of people will watch him and his crew soar into orbit. They will gaze at the fiery launch on televisions around the world, from beaches along the Florida coast and from special viewing platforms at the space centre. Among them, carefully hidden from public view, will be one very special pair of eyes: those of Kelly's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, whose presence at the launch is nothing short of a modern medical marvel.For Giffords should be dead. The previously little-known Democratic congresswoman for Arizona rose to fame in January when a lone gunman, Jared Loughner, attacked a meet-and-greet session in Tucson, killing six people and putting a...

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