Gabby Giffords' Remarkable Recovery

New details about the Tucson shooting and Congresswoman's recovery in new book.
3:42 | 11/04/11

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On this Friday night we can bring you the first details from the new book from congresswoman Gabby Giffords and astronaut mark Kelly in -- The story of her dream to return to the life she loved it has been nearly ten months since a gunman shot her in the head. At point blank range and it will still be a few more days. Before the country -- -- her voice but tonight those new details about the day that changed everything. What she said when told about the bullet that has injured her brain. And up private mission by the congresswoman and her astronaut husband to start a family of their own. All -- a new book about it truly stunning journey and here's ABC's Bob Woodruff. In the memoir called Gabby a story of courage and hope. We learn for the first time the details of Arizona congresswoman Gabriel Giffords remarkable path toward recovery. And painful realizations about other lives lost among the poignant revelations we learn that the couple were trying to have a baby. Going through several rounds of fertility treatments when the shooting occurred. -- husband also writes about his agonizing attempts to tell his wife what happened that January morning but that she didn't fully understand until March 12. He writes that Giffords cried and -- with grief when she finally learned that six people had died. Including a member of her own staff and a nine year old girl. As for what she felt about the -- Kelly writes she said three words shocked shocked. Scary among her darkest moments feeling trapped in her own body aware but unable to communicate a kind of panic setting in. Her husband holding her as she cried. But as the days and months have passed she slowly regained her ability to speak as Giffords chief of staff -- Paris on told -- -- man. It seems you know that edition understands everything I -- that's not everything almost everything so he's really there image files for action news. Laughs and jokes recognize friends. As the recuperation progresses Giffords is able to recite phrases from the US constitution. And Martin Luther King junior's I have a dream speech Kelley recounts some lighter moments too including a visit from former president George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara. And which the only words that Giffords could say -- -- and chicken. Even bat an achievement just as it was in my recovery. Awards come back some of them through therapy but others naturally on their own as the rain continues to heal its. -- but while mark Kelly writes the bulk of the book. It is Giffords who pens the last chapter entitled -- -- a single page with brief sentences and phrases. Most prominently she -- to try to get back to work. Writing I will get stronger I will. Return. -- this is that here memorial. Hermann hospital here used and where really -- spent about six months of their life here -- An inpatient before going -- -- is becoming back. Here again we did today talked to the doctors the nurses in the therapist -- said it's impossible to really predict how fast people do recover. But in every case this was remarkably good. I asked. Thank you so much Bob Woodruff in Houston tonight and as we hope you know. I spoke with congresswoman Gabby Giffords and astronaut mark Kelly and it is a journey that shows us all what it is to believe disaster not say. The sky is not the limit. Courage commitment -- the path ahead we hope you'll tune in an exclusive special position of 20/20 Gabby and mark courage and hope. On Monday November 14 at 10 o'clock 9 central.

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