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Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords To Be Released Friday?

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords To Be Released Friday?

In a show of how remarkable her recovery truly is, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords may possibly released from her hospital Friday and moved to a rehabilitation center, Politico is reporting:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be released from a Tucson, Ariz., hospital Friday just under two weeks after she suffered a gunshot wound to her head.

Giffords is set to be moved from the University Medical Center to Houston’s Institute for Rehabilitation and Research at Memorial Hermann hospital, KTRK-TV confirmed Wednesday.

The facility specializes in helping people recuperate from brain injuries.

The Tucson hospital issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying her discharge date “has not been confirmed.”

The recovery is no doubt especially amazing to her husband, who recounts what it was like to have heard the news reports that his wife had been killed.

Via CNN:

Mark Kelly went into the bathroom and broke down.

He had just heard erroneous news reports that his wife, Gabrielle Giffords, had died after being shot in the head at a political event outside a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store that day, January 8. His daughters cried and his mother nearly screamed, he recalled.  ”To hear that she died is just, it’s devastating to me,” Kelly told Diane Sawyer in an interview broadcast Tuesday night on ABC.

Then, wracked with grief, Kelly said he called his wife’s chief of staff, who told him that the reports couldn’t be true, that Giffords’ mother was with her. Giffords was alive, the chief of staff reassured him.

NPR, who was credited for spreading the claim, has presented a refreshingly open and detailed explanation of how their reporting error happened.

Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, got a similar call.  Simon and his family are close friends of Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly.

At 2:08, a distraught family member called: “Scott, where the hell is NPR getting that information?”

“The close family member is a huge NPR fan or was,” said Simon. “Until that moment, he found NPR more reliable than other news outlets. He had been told that Gabby was in surgery. But he was anxious, isolated, and wondered why NPR would report such a thing if it were not true.”

Simon phoned the NPR news desk and was told the information was based on “confirmation” from the Pima County Sheriff’s department and a congressional source.

He didn’t think that was good enough.

“I couldn’t fathom how cops or pols would know more than the hospital,” said Simon. “Two sources who are not in a position to know something are not reliable sources.”

Robbins also questioned why the NPR Washington staff didn’t listen to their reporter at the scene.When he called news desk editor Denice Rios, she explained that NPR had two sources. He told her they were inadequate. Rios then pulled back on the reports and the network changed Giffords’ status.

The NPR report is a case study in how one media outlet can set off a string of bad reports.  But when it comes to reporting the news of Gifford’s release we all desperately hope the Politico story is true.

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4:54PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thank you.

4:54PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thank you.

4:53PM PDT on Oct 14, 2012

Thank you.

9:20AM PST on Jan 21, 2011

1st...I'm glad the congresswomen is doing well.
2nd..The media, in general really sucks today. The spout out all kinds of crap before they confirm anything. They should get some repercussions from that.
3rd..Even though I wish her the best it is sad that she can pick a rehab center, the best. Money sure opens so many doors. My doctor won't see me till I pay off the $57 on my account. Medicare sucks.

I told them at First Med that I will pay $20/ mo till it's taken care of. Yes, I was 2 months behind paying them but have paid $20 + $20 in 3 months. They said if I pay the balance next month we're OK. I said you'll get $20, I don't have extra. i also told them if I die tomorrow I really don't care. I've pretty much fulfilled my list of things except those that are way out there that would take winning the lottery to accomplish. I also said, on disability i have so much, I enjoy living in a house, paying utility bills and maybe having a little left to eat each month. I will not go back into the hole and would rather die first.

I'm getting off subject but it pisses me off. Even though I wish the congresswomen the best it must be nice to have the resources to afford the great medical care she is receiving. Maybe I'm just bitter but I worked my ass off most of my life and what I got out of it was oh well you don't have insurance or the money so DIE sucker. Sorry for the soap box.

9:46PM PST on Jan 20, 2011

Get well wishes from the world Gabby !!! :-)

9:27PM PST on Jan 20, 2011

Her recovery time is nothing short of a miracle. I have a close family member who suffered a brain aneurysm on the left side and he was in a coma for six weeks, and in the hospital for two more weeks before being placed in rehab. Unless you have had the misfortune to know someone with this type injury, you just don't realize how devastating it is, for them and for their families. She is in our prayers. I hope she keeps surprising the doctors.

8:14PM PST on Jan 20, 2011

Get well soon, Ms. Giffords

7:52PM PST on Jan 20, 2011

I'm glad she has recovered enough to be moved to the rehabilitation facility so she can be evaluated to determine just how much if any mental loss she has suffered. Let's hope she makes a quick and complete recovery.

6:51PM PST on Jan 20, 2011

What is still a mystery to me is WHY in the first place, Ms. Gabby went out in a public place without a police escort, or at least a bodyguard? Too much confidence, or perhaps more accurately a blind spot in the city of Tucson?

3:37PM PST on Jan 20, 2011

I pray for her complete recovery.

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