Giffords move to Houston rehab likely Friday
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will move to a rehabilitation facility in Houston, likely on Friday.
Giffords will be treated at the TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital, her spokesman said.
"Because this is a fluid situation, the exact day of the move will depend on the congresswoman’s health," said C.J. Karamargin in a news release.
"I am extremely hopeful at the signs of recovery that my wife has made since the shooting,” said her husband, Mark Kelly.
Doctors have described her progress as "miraculous."
"The team of doctors and nurses at UMC has stabilized her to the point of being ready to move to the rehabilitation phase. Their goal – and our goal – has been to provide Gabby with the best care possible. It is for that reason that we have chosen to have her undergo rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann, which has a national reputation for treating serious penetrating brain injuries and is also in a community where I have family and a strong support network," Kelly said.
Kelly, an astronaut scheduled to command the final Space Shuttle mission in April, lives in League City, Tex., near the Johnson Space Center.
"The congresswoman’s family wants to ensure she receives the best rehabilitative care possible for her type of serious penetrating brain injury," said Dr. Michael Lemole, one of Giffords' neurosurgeons at University Medical Center.
"As a result, they considered facilities around the country, including rehabilitation hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and Houston," Lemole said.
Among the factors considered were TIRR Memorial Hermann’s relative proximity to Tucson and its outstanding reputation, the release said.
TIRR Memorial Hermann is part of the Texas Medical Center.
The hospital has been named one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report for the past 21 years, the news release said.
Giffords is the only victim of the Jan. 8 Tucson shooting who remains hospitalized, UMC said Wednesday.
She remains in serious condition, without a set discharge date, hospital officials said.