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provided them with the jet that carried Giffords from the hospital in Tucson to the rehabilitation center in Houston.
Giffords has been showing strong signs of progress each day as she recovers from her wounds and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, spends time at her bedside. Kelly has been splitting his days between the hospital and training for the next space shuttle launch in April.
HOUSTON (AP) Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is able to laugh at jokes, recognize visitors and even offer a poignant response when asked recently by her husband how she was doing.
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Family friend Tilman Fertitta described the encounters to The Associated Press after spending time with her family and friends and recently visiting Giffords at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, where she is undergoing intensive rehabilitation.
She is in therapy from morning until night, Fertitta said, and sees Kelly every day.
improve," he added. "She's in a great mood and working hard."
Jared Loughner is charged in federal court in the assassination attempt against Giffords that killed six people.
"She recognizes everybody," Fertitta added.
Kelly has said Giffords will attend the shuttle launch, but doctors said it was still too early to say whether she would be in good enough shape to travel to Cape Canaveral, Fla., to watch her husband head the mission.
Now, the 51 year old Houston native is helping the family during their extended stay in his hometown, visiting Giffords whenever possible.
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"The doctors are encouraged because she's improved much faster than expected," Fertitta said.
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Fertitta is chairman, president and CEO of Landry's Inc., the company that owns the Golden Nugget casinos and several restaurant chains, including one bearing the company's name. He met Giffords through Kelly, and has known the astronaut for about eight years.
"Better," Giffords said, in one of the first words she uttered since being shot in the head Jan. 8.
extremely good mood," he said.
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