Giffords' office announces move to Houston

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By Bob Richardson By Bob Richardson

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' office issued a news release Wednesday afternoon announcing the congresswoman would be moved to a rehabilitation hospital in Houston, possibly as early as Friday, Jan. 21.

CNN reported the move earlier Wednesday based on an E-mail from the Giffords' family.

Giffords' office reports that she will be moved to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital, but the date of the move could be changed depending on the congresswoman's health.

The next step in Giffords' treatment will focus on rehabilitation.  The family said they weighed many options when considering her next level of care.

"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, one of the congresswoman’s neurosurgeons at University Medical Center.

According to the release, key factors in the decision to move Giffords to Houston included the hospitals reputation as one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the country and its relative proximity to Tucson.

Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head, Saturday, January 8 during a "Congress on your Corner" event at a Safeway parking lot in Tucson, Arizona.