Giffords May Be Moved To Rehab Center Friday


Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- who will be moved to a rehabilitation center in Texas later this week -- had worries about her safety long before she was critically wounded by a gunman at a public event, her husband said.

""We've discussed it a number of times,"" Mark Kelly told CNN affiliate KVOA in an interview Tuesday. ""She felt that, that was a possibility, pretty much exactly what had happened ... there have been threats against her and other members of Congress.""

Giffords was hosting a constituents' meeting outside a supermarket in Tucson when a gunman opened fire. Six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, were killed and 13 others wounded. A 22-year-old suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, is facing federal charges.

Giffords was shot in the head. In an e-mail sent to friends and family members Tuesday and obtained by CNN, Giffords' mother, Gloria, writes that she will be moved from Tucson's University Medical Center to rehabilitation facilities in Houston, Texas, on Friday.

""There is a team of medical specialists involved ... including military surgeons who specialize in bullet wounds to the head,"" the e-mail says. ""They want to start aggressive rehab immediately.""Giffords' office confirmed the move and said that while the move is expected to be Friday, ""the exact day of the move will depend on the congresswoman's health."" Her family chose TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital in Houston, part of the Texas Medical Center, because of its reputation, one of her doctors said.

""The congresswoman's family wants to ensure she receives the best rehabilitative care possible for her type of serious penetrating brain injury,"" said Dr. Michael Lemole.

Kelly said that Memorial Hermann's proximity to Tucson was another factor in the decision. "I am extremely hopeful at the signs of recovery that my wife has made since the shooting," he said.