Wounded US Congresswoman Released from Hospital

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 6:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. congresswoman has been released from the hospital, five months after she was shot in the head during a political event in the state of Arizona.

A statement from the Texas hospital where Gabrielle Giffords has been undergoing rehabilitation says the congresswoman is moving to her husband's home south of Houston, Texas.

She will continue outpatient therapy at the hospital.

Giffords was one of 19 people who was shot on January 8 during an outdoor political meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Six people died in the shooting.

Giffords was well enough to be present in Florida to witness the April launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, under the command of her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly.

Although the congresswoman has made remarkable strides in her recovery, her spokeswoman says Giffords will continue her rehabilitation efforts.

There is no word about the next steps in her recovery program and whether she will ever be able to return to her duties in the U.S. Congress.

The 22-year-old man accused in the shooting has pleaded not guilty and is being held at a prison in Missouri. A judge declared him incompetent to stand trial.