APNewsBreak: Giffords set to undergo skull surgery

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

HOUSTON (AP) -- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will undergo
surgery on Thursday to replace a piece of her skull removed by
doctors after she was shot in January.

The surgery was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person
familiar with Giffords' care. The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because the information has not officially been released.

Doctors had to remove the portion of Giffords' skull due to brain swelling caused by the gunshot.

Since then, she has worn a helmet while undergoing intensive
rehabilitation in Houston to re-learn how to walk and talk.

The surgery comes just days after Giffords returned from Florida
where she watched her astronaut husband rocket into space.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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