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Good News: Giffords speaks

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords, left, is shown with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. There are hints that astronaut Mark Kelly will take a shuttle into space in April. That would mean leaving his wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to continue her rehab work without him for at least a few weeks. Scott Kelly, also an astronaut, said his brother would decide fairly soon whether to fly the space shuttle mission in April. (Office Of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford)
FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords, left, is shown with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly. There are hints that astronaut Mark Kelly will take a shuttle into space in April. That would mean leaving his wounded wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to continue her rehab work without him for at least a few weeks. Scott Kelly, also an astronaut, said his brother would decide fairly soon whether to fly the space shuttle mission in April. (Office Of Rep. Gabrielle Gifford)

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords, left, is shown with her husband, NASA astronaut Mark Kelly

Gabrielle Giffords’ simple request for a piece of toast for breakfast this week signaled a milestone in her recovery – because she asked for it with spoken words.

The Arizona congresswoman, severely wounded when she was shot in the head at a public event a month ago, has been speaking “more and more each day,” said C.J. Karamargin, one of her congressional aides.

Karamargin could not give specifics about the extent of her speech abilities or when she said her first words, but he said the development points to Giffords’ fighting spirit.

“It’s another one of these small miracles that we’re seeing that have been happening throughout this ordeal,” he said. Full story.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.







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