A brave woman. A devoted husband. And the result of dedicated therapists who helped Mrs. Giffords rebuild her life through passionate and effective physical medicine and rehabilitation!
Originally posted on TED Blog:
In January 2011, US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head in an attack on her entourage at a constituent meeting near Tucson. Six people died and thirteen others were injured. She survived, and her recovery has been a remarkable story. At TED2014 she took the stage with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, for a Q&A with the head of the Paley Center for Media, Pat Mitchell. Giffords suffered from aphasia as part of her injury, and speaking is still difficult, so her answers were short, and much of the speaking was done by Kelly. This is an edited set of highlights from that Q&A.
Pat Mitchell: Has your recovery been an effort to create a new Gabby Giffords or reclaim the old?
Gabby Giffords: A new one, better, stronger, tougher.
What’s the hardest part of the recovery?
GG: Communication, really hard.
MK: Yeah, she has aphasia…
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