Giffords’ Medical Team will Attend State of the Union

By Eliza

Jan 24, 2011 9:29am

ABC News' Clayton Sandell reports from Houston:

ABC News has learned that several members of the Tucson medical team that treated Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head will be in Washington this week to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Doctors Randall Friese, Michael Limole and Peter Rhee of Tucson’s University Medical Center, along with intensive care unit nurse Tracy Culbert are scheduled to attend the Tuesday speech, according to Giffords’ spokesman C.J. Karamargin.

The medical team cared for Giffords for nearly two weeks until she was trans transferred Friday from Arizona to Texas, where she will eventually enter a Houston rehabilitation facility. 

Culbert, who was on board the flight to Houston with Giffords, said she developed a bond with her Congresswoman patient.

 “I have a lot of hope for her and know she’s going to do great.  She’s a very strong woman and you can just see it,” said Culbert.

ABC News previously reported that Daniel Hernandez–, an intern who rushed to Giffords to apply pressure to her head wound and provide comfort after she was shot, will also attend the State of the Union speech.  It will be his 21st birthday.

President Obama called Hernandez a hero in a speech delivered in Tucson January 12.

“You may deny it, but we have decided you are a hero, because you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive," Obama said.

The Congresswoman and 18 others were shot outside a Tucson supermarket during a constituent meet-and-greet on January 8.  Jared Loughner is accused of pulling the trigger, killing six people including a federal judge and a nine year old girl.

Loughner is being arraigned today in Phoenix.

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