WASHINGTON – Shot US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords gets a little better every day, as she undergoes intensive rehabilitation therapy in Texas, her astronaut husband Mark Kelly said Thursday.
Democrat Giffords was gunned down in an Arizona shooting rampage which killed six people last month and caused such shock in Washington that it momentarily drained the bile from US politics.
“Every day, she gets a little bit better and the neuro-surgeons and neurologists tell me that’s a great sign, the slope of that curve is very important,” Kelly said at a national prayer breakfast here.
Kelly, who is wrestling with a decision whether to go ahead with his planned flight aboard the shuttle Endeavor in April, said his wife’s miraculous progress had made him question his lukewarm attitude towards religion.
“I hadn’t been a big believer in faith until recently. I thought the world just spins and the clock just ticks. And things happen for no particular reason,” he said.
“I can only hope, and I told Gabby the other night… that this event, horrible and tragic, was not merely random. That maybe something good can come from all this.”
US President Barack Obama, the keynote speaker at the event, said he and many other Americans were willing Giffords, who was shot through the brain, to fully recover.
“We have been praying for Mark’s wife, Gabby Giffords, for many days now, but I want Gabby and Mark and their entire family to know that we are with them for the long haul and God is with them for the long haul.”
On January 8, an apparently deranged lone gunman went on a rampage during an outdoor public meeting that Giffords was holding with constituents. Those killed included a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.