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Giffords upgraded to good condition, moved to rehab


U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been upgraded to good condition, and was moved to a rehabilitation facility Wednesday, the Texas hospital where she was transferred for treatment said.

The congresswoman was moved to the TIRR Memorial Hermann rehab center about 8:30 a.m.

Giffords, who is recovering from a gunshot to the head suffered in what authorities characterize as an assassination attempt, was transferred to Houston's Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center last Friday.

Her condition was upgraded from serious to good Tuesday, hospital spokeswoman Natalie Wong Camarata said in a late night press release.

Giffords has been in the intensive care unit at the Houston facility, where she has made "strong progress," Camarata said.

"This evening, her doctors upgraded her condition from serious to good and determined that she is ready to move to TIRR Memorial Hermann," Camarata said Tuesday.

"Preparations are under way for her transfer to the rehabilitation hospital sometime tomorrow morning, pending review of her medical condition early in the morning."

Giffords was moved to the Houston hospital after being released from Tucson's University Medical Center.

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The Texas hospital was chosen because it is one of the best rehab facilities in the country, and because it is close to the Johnson Space Center, where Giffords' husband, Navy captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, is stationed.

Six were killed and 12 others, besides Giffords, were wounded in the Jan. 8 attack at a constituent meet-and-greet at a Northwest Side grocery store.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been charged with 5 federal counts in the shootings. He was arraigned on 3 charges Monday, and likely faces other state charges in the shootings.

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Capt. Mark Kelly, Rep. Giffords' husband, holds her hand during the State of the Union address Tuesday night.