Thursday, January 20, 2011

Giffords Moving to Houston for Rehab and Recovery

Rep Gabrielle Giffords, will be moved to Houston in the next few days. She will be admitted to TIRR Memorial Hermann, a nationally recognized facility for superior research and rehab abilities.

Mark Kelly, the congresswoman’s husband, said he and Giffords’ parents weighed many factors, including the Houston facility’s proximity to Tucson and its “outstanding reputation.”
For the past 21 years, TIRR Memorial Hermann has been recognized as one of the top-rated rehabilitation hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Giffords’ office said.
“I am extremely hopeful at the signs of recovery that my wife has made since the shooting,” said Kelly.

From the hospital's website:

TIRR treats people with a range of disabilities from complex conditions like brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma and amputation, to rehabilitation for conditions including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, post-polio syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.

Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is expected to begin the next phase of her recovery on Friday, January 21, at Memorial Hermann’s level one trauma center in Houston where she will be evaluated prior to being transferred to nearby TIRR Memorial Hermann. The exact date may change depending on her health.

Memorial Hermann’s level one trauma center is affiliated with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). TIRR Memorial Hermann has been ranked one of the top-five rehabilitation hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 21 years.

“One of the nation’s busiest trauma centers, Memorial Hermann frequently treats victims of penetrating and blunt trauma to the brain,” said President and CEO Dan Wolterman. “Our rehabilitation hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the treatment of traumatic brain injury as well as diseases and disorders of the brain and spinal cord.

The progress of the congresswoman's recovery is very encouraging. Her husband, Mark Kelly, is an astronaut based in Houston. This played an important factor in his decision, especially with his family here to help. Less than two weeks ago Giffords was falsely reported to have died from the shooting and now she is recovering well enough to move to rehab.

Her story is inspiring.


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