Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Reading First ‘Harry Potter’ Book as She Recovers
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- who will be moved to a rehabilitation center in Texas later this week – is showing "higher levels of comprehension and complex actions,” according to an email CNN obtained from her mother, Gloria.
"Yesterday, when Mark came back from speaking at her aide's memorial service, she reached up and untied his tie and undid the top button to his shirt," reads the e-mail posted Wednesday.
"Last night, she took his iPod and scrolled through all the pictures. Early this morning she began to read cards made for her by some 4th graders! Her unbandaged eye tracked the lines, she opened the cards and turned them over reading the back. Mark's gotten pages of large print of Harry Potter's 1st book for her to hold and read."
The e-mail also says that Giffords - who was one of 18 people shot outside a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store Jan. 8 - gave her husband "a 20-minute neck and back rub."
Though she remains in serious condition, she has been moving her limbs on command and doctors have had her sitting up in a chair.
"So now comes the 'true grit' part," the email reads, "and (it) won't be a stroll in a park although Mark predicts she'll be up and walking around in 2 weeks. The physical and emotional therapy will proceed side by side and it'll be stringent."
Giffords has not been able to speak because of a breathing tube in her throat, but her mother wrote in the email that she will speak as she becomes more alert after the tube comes out
"You notice I'm speaking in the present tense ... because that's where all your future prayers are going to come in," she wrote.