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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The next step in Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' rehabilitation has begun. Wednesday morning doctors upgraded her condition to "good."
Congresswoman Gabby Giffords made the move to the TIRR Memorial Herman Rehab Center Wednesday. All the news from the doctors Wednesday was positive.
"In terms of recovery from brain issues, this is really at lightning speed," said Dr. Dong Kim.
She initially stayed in the hospital's ICU until doctors could drain a build-up of spinal fluid, which they did. They've been working on improving weakness in her right side. And already have begun physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
"Right now we're working on conditioning, strengthening, maintaining range of motion, activities to prevent results of being in bed long time," said Dr. Gerard Francisco.
"I think it's safe to say, she's awake about as much as you and I are. Like anyone else, after long day of rehab she's tired," said Dr. Imoigele Aisiku.
Giffords won't be able to speak until the breathing tube is removed, which doctors say they anticipate happening without any problems. She's been very interactive with the doctors. The bottom line is, no bad news out of Houston tonight.
"We worry about everything all the time and I think nothing really unexpected has happened of all the things we worry about. We're going to continue to worry about all those things to keep her from having those problems," said Dr. John Holcomb.