Thursday 14 December 2017

Wounded Giffords plans to see husband's launch

Joan Hyland in New York

The astronaut husband of wounded US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords said that she wants to be at his shuttle launch next month.

Ms Giffords is beginning to cope with the shooting in January that injured 12 others and killed six, Mark Kelly said.

She's doing "remarkably well", he told reporters at Nasa's Johnson Space Centre.

The congresswoman was shot in the head in Tucson, Arizona, while meeting with constituents.

"She's improving every day - and in the realm of brain injuries that is very significant and pretty rare," Mr Kelly said. "She's starting to walk, talk more -- more every day."

Mr Kelly is the commander of Nasa's next-to-last shuttle flight.

He said there's "a pretty good chance" his wife will make the launch. "We still don't know for sure. I'm just awaiting final approval from her doctors."

Irish Independent

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