Husband tweets ‘huge day’ for Giffords

For the latest on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, check out this Twitter message from her husband Mark Kelly:

“Today was a huge day for GG. Lots of progress!”

Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, is in a rehabilitation hospital in Houston, where she is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head.

It’s not clear what Kelly meant.

Giffords was shot in a Jan. 8 rampage outside a Tucson supermarket that left six people dead. The FBI has said she was the target of the attack.

Last week, the Democratic lawmaker was transferred from Tucson to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. Her progress at that time was said to be moving at “lightning speed.”

Kelly, an astronaut who is scheduled to command space shuttle Endeavour in April, is based in Houston. NASA has a backup in case Kelly decides he can’t make the mission.

Kelly’s twin brother, Scott, the commander of the International Space Station, told the Associated Press that Mark Kelly will soon make a decision on whether to go ahead with the assignment.

“He’s doing about as best as anyone could in this situation,” Scott Kelly said about his brother. “He’s concentrating on Gabby’s care. But he’s also been going back to work.”

By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY

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