Doctors say Giffords making "leaps and bounds"

Doctors say Giffords making

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FILE -- A Jan. 5, 2011 file photo shows Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In the latest milestone in Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from a bullet wound to the brain, the congresswoman stood up Wednesday Jan. 19, 2011 and looked out a window even as preparations got under way for a move to Houston, where she'll undergo extensive mental and physical rehabilitation. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/file)

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by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MATSTI

Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2011 at 11:41 AM

HOUSTON- Doctors for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords say she is making "leaps and bounds" in her recovery from a gunshot wound to the head.

 

Doctors held a news conference in Houston where they provided an update on the congresswoman's progress. They say her memory and speech are improving, and she is walking with assistance. She also

speaks in full sentences, such as "I'm tired and want to go to bed."

 

While her memory is improving, she does not recall the shooting that wounded her and 12 others and killed six people.

 

Dr. Dong Kim says doctors still want her to improve enough to attend her husband's space shuttle launch, but it's too early to tell. He says they expect to reattach her skull at some point in May. She now wears a helmet that covers her head.

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