Giffords Moved to Rehab Hospital in Houston

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An ambulance has taken Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords from intensive care to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston after doctors upgraded her condition from serious to good.

Doctors at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center Hospital determined Giffords was healthy enough to move to nearby TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she will continue rehab. TIRR stands for The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research.

Helicopters buzzed overhead while police stopped traffic and blocked the road as an ambulance took Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, a short way to the facility.

Last week doctors placed a tube in her head to drain excess fluid, saying that Giffords would stay in the ICU until the tube was taken out because of a risk of infection.

Her move Wednesday suggests that the tube might have been removed, which would be another good sign in her recovery.

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