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Giffords recovery enters new phase

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Friday, January 21, 2011 - 5:13pm

Less than two weeks after surviving an assassination attempt that left her with a serious brain injury, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is on her way to the next phase of her recovery.

Surrounded by the roar of a motorcycle escort and well-wishes from hundreds who lined the route to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Giffords, her family and medical team left Tucson for Texas Friday.

After landing in Texas Giffords was immediately transferred to a waiting life-flight chopper that rushed her to the trauma center at Texas Medical Center.

She'll soon begin intense therapy at the renowned Texas Institute of Rehabilitation and Research at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

It's still not clear if Giffords can speak or just how much she can see or hear.

While she's been able to move both arms and legs and even stand, doctors still aren't sure how much strength Giffords has on the right side of her body.

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