A Step Forward
Update: Gabrielle Giffords' condition upgraded to good, transferred to TIRR
UPDATE: Gabrielle Giffords was successfully transferred to TIRR Wednesday morning, with a police escort for the short ambulance ride from Memorial Hermann. She'll now begin a full rehab program.
Houston has been "good" for Gabrielle Giffords. Doctors at Memorial-Hermann Texas Medical Center upgraded the Arizona Congresswoman's condition from serious to good Tuesday night and decided that she is ready to be transferred to TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research).
Hospital officials noted that Giffords has made "strong progress" in the Neuro ICU in a statement, prompting the condition upgrade and transfer plans.
The transfer is scheduled to take place early Wednesday morning. With the move to TIRR, Giffords will be ready to begin her rehabilitation in full force from her brain injury. Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman intent on assassinating her outside of a Tucson-area grocery store on Jan. 8. Giffords was in critical condition when she first arrived at a Tucson hospital and there were even false reports that said she'd died. After steady progress, Giffords was cleared to transfer to Houston and she arrived on Jan. 21.
Four days later, after concerns about fluid buildup in her brain delayed her move to the renowned TIRR, she's officially in "good" condition.
Earlier Tuesday night, Houston-based astronaut Mark Kelly watched President Obama's State of the Union address from his wife's bedside at Memorial-Hermann. A picture was released of Kelly holding Giffords' hand while watching the speech, but the only parts of Giffords' visible in the photo are her hand and lower arm.