"Gabby's got a long road ahead of her," Kelly said. "We know that the recovery from these kind of injuries isn't measured in days and weeks. It's more like weeks and months. And so she's got a long, tough road ahead of her. But, you know, she's a really, really tough woman."
Kelly not only shared the latest on Giffords' recovery but took Sawyer back through those first painful hours after he learned of the shooting and shared moments from the emotional bedside vigil he has kept every since.
Kelly's and Giffords' story is a true love story; from meeting on a trip to China, to their first date at an Arizona state prison while Giffords worked on legislation about capital punishment.
Wanting to be with GIffords every moment, Kelly has barely left her side, sleeping at the hospital and holding a constant vigil of family and friends. He did attend Wednesday's memorial service with President and first lady Obama, as well as Thursday's funeral for Christina-Taylor Green, the youngest victim of the shooting rampage.
Kelly told Sawyer he has not followed much of the news surrounding the shooting or the investigation into suspect Jared Lee Loughner and his possible motives.
But when asked if Kelly would ever be willing to meet with Loughner's parents, he told Sawyer that he was open to the idea.
"I'd probably see them," he said. "I don't think it's their fault. It's not the parents' fault. I'd like to think I'm a person that's somewhat forgiving. And, I mean, they've got to be hurting in this situation as much as anybody.
Kelly himself is the father of two teenage girls from his first marriage, and told Sawyer that being a parent gives him a certain level of understanding.
"Gabby has two stepdaughters, and I have children," he said. "And ... I'm sure they love their son. And they must be as distraught over this as all of us are."