First time since being shot at point-blank range
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE - According to the Associated Press--
Days after being shot in the head point-blank, Representative Gabrielle Giffords has opened an eye for the
Two of her closest friends from Congress were in Giffords' Tucson, Arizona hospital room at the time. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida had traveled to Arizona on Air Force One with President Barack Obama to attend a memorial service for the victims of Saturday's shooting rampage.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama immediately headed to University Medical Center after landing in Tucson, spending about 10 minutes with Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly. Soon after, Gillibrand and Wasserman Schultz, along with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, got their chance to visit. Gillibrand says she was holding Giffords' hand as she and Wasserman Schultz recalled dinners and family vacations they'd
taken with Giffords.
That's when Giffords squeezed Gillibrand's hand and her right eye started to flicker, before finally opening
wide. Wasserman Schultz says, "it was like she was trying to will her eyes open," adding: "It felt like we were watching a miracle."
Giffords' other eye was damaged in the shooting and remains bandaged.