The Facebook pictures, which reveal no obvious scarring and only slight skin colouration on the side of her head, inspired more than 800 of her Facebook friends to post supportive messages in just two hours
According to nytimes.com the photos, which appeared on her Facebook page, were taken May 17 outside her Houston hospital, and are the first clear snapshots of Ms. Giffords since the shooting five months ago during a constituent meet-and-greet in a Safeway parking lot in Tucson.
Giffords underwent surgery on May 18, 2011 to replace part of her skull that had been removed in January to permit her brain to swell after the gunshot to her head. Surgeons replaced the bone, using tiny screws, with piece of molded hard plastic; they expect that her skull will eventually fuse with the plastic’s porous material. Giffords no longer needs to wear the helmet that she had been wearing to protect her brain from further injury.On June 9, 2011, Giffords' aide, Pia Carusone, told the press that the Congresswoman continues to make progress in her therapy. As of that date, while Giffords' comprehension appeared to be "close to normal, if not normal", she is not yet using complete sentences
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