US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords was released from hospital Wednesday, doctors said, five months after she was shot in the head at point-blank range in an attack which shocked America.
A few days after the first photos of her since the attack were published, doctors said “her cognitive abilities and physical strength have improved to the point where she no longer needs to remain a patient in the hospital.
“Congresswoman Giffords has shown clear, continuous improvement from the moment she arrived at TIRR five months ago,” said Dr. Gerard Francisco, the hospital’s chief medical officer, in a statement.
“We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment. We have no doubt that she will continue to make significant strides in her recovery,” he added.