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Sunday 18 March 2018

Shot Giffords insists she will return to Congress

Jon Swaine in New York

Gabrielle Giffords will return to work in Congress after recovering from being shot through the head during an assassination attempt, she has promised in a television interview.

In her first public comments since the massacre at her meet-the-voters event in Tucson, Arizona, in January, Ms Giffords confirmed to colleagues and supporters: "I will get stronger -- I will return."

It emerged in a leaked copy of a new memoir written with her husband, Commander Mark Kelly. Ms Giffords (41) reads the final chapter for the audio book edition.

The book discloses that her first recollection of the incident after she regained speech was "Shot. Shocked. Scary". She then redeveloped her ability to talk by reciting the US constitution and Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Readers also learn Ms Giffords was trying to have a baby and had several rounds of fertility treatment before being shot by Jared Lee Loughner, the 23 year-old being prosecuted for killing six people and wounding 13. She has also lost half the sight in both eyes.

The new details came as footage was released of Ms Giffords laughing and chatting with Mr Kelly at their house in Texas for an interview due to be broadcast before the book's release later this month.

It remains unclear if Ms Giffords will run for re-election next November. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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