Congresswoman Giffords Speaking Again

By Adriana Scopino – February 15, 2011 2:46 PM

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, shot in the head January 8, is able to walk again and give short answers to questions.

MailOnline reports that the congresswoman has been learning to speak again by mouthing song lyrics including Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star .

Ms Giffords was shot outside a Tucson grocery store as she met with constituents.  Six people were killed in the incident and another 13 were wounded.

Last month the congresswoman began rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston.

Aides have been giving the congresswoman briefings. Ms Giffords’ chief of staff, Pia Carsone, told The New York Times: ”Don’t get the idea she’s speaking in paragraphs, but she definitely understands what we’re saying and she’s verbalising.’

Last week Ms. Giffords was able to ask for toast for breakfast.

According to rehabilitation specialists, brain injury patients who do regain speech begin to do so four to six weeks after the incident.  Often they suffer some kind of impairment for the rest of their lives.

Experts say it is too early to consider whether Ms Giffords will be able to return to her job in Congress.

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