Since she was shot on Jan. 8, Giffords story has captivated the nation as a tale of tragedy, but it also has evolved at least somewhat into a tale of triumph. Doctors say a full recovery from the shooting, which occurred during a public appearance in Arizona, is still months away. She appears to be attempting to mouth words, and has stood up with help, they say.
Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, said this week that his wife "is a fighter like nobody else that I know," and predicted that she would be able to walk back into the Tucson University Medical Center within two months. He said Giffords has gently patted his face.
In the past, Giffords has characterized herself as a "tougher than nails" fighter.