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Kelly: Giffords showing 'encouraging signs' of recovery

Mark Kelly posted a Facebook update on his wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is undergoing rehab at a Houston hospital:

It is hard to believe that only one month has passed since Gabrielle was shot. The doctors say she is recovering at lightning speed considering her injury but they aren’t kidding when they say this is a marathon process. There are encouraging signs everyday though. Gabby’s appetite is back and – even though it’s hospital food – she’s enjoying three meals a day. We can’t thank you enough for the heartfelt show of support that has come in from all around Arizona and the nation. I want the families of all the other victims and the entire Tucson community to know that Gabrielle will soon stand by your side to mourn this tragedy and learn how we can heal. In the mean time, your prayers are being heard so don’t stop.

The update, and photos taken in Giffords room at TIRR Memorial Hermann, were posted Tuesday afternoon.

Kelly, an astronaut and active-duty Navy captain, announced last week that he would helm the final mission of space shuttle Endeavour, scheduled for April.

Giffords was shot through the head in what authorities call a Jan 8. assassination attempt. Six were killed in the attack, and 13 others, including Giffords, were wounded.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has been charged in the mass shooting.

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Photos of loved ones and other inspiration adorn Giffords' hospital room, the congresswoman's Facebook page said.