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  • The Recovery Of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are shown during an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer Oct. 20, 2011. The Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head outside a shopping center in Tucson Jan. 8, 2011, in an assassination attempt that took the lives of six people.
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  • The Recovery Of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

    Giffords suffered from aphasia, the inability to speak because of damage to the language pathways in her brain's left hemisphere as a result of the shooting. But by undergoing music therapy, she trained her brain to use a less-traveled pathway to the same destination.
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  • The Recovery Of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords watches the launch of space shuttle Endeavour, commanded by husband Mark Kelly, from the roof of the launch-control center with Kelly's twin brother and fellow astronaut, Scott, and Kelly's daughters, Claire and Claudia, May 16, 2011.
    Courtesy Gloria Giffords
  • The Recovery Of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is shown, May 17, 2011, at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, the day before she had her cranioplasty, in a photo posted to her public Facebook page by her aides.
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  • The Recovery Of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

    Discharged from TIRR Memorial Hermann in June of 2011, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords hugs her Houston neurosurgeon, Dr. Dong Kim, on the day she left.
    Courtesy Gloria Giffords
  • The Recovery Of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

    On Oct. 6, 2001, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords attended husband Mark Kelly's retirement ceremony at the White House.
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