Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has moved back home.
The Arizona Daily Star reported that Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, returned to Giffords’ hometown of Tucson Sunday and moved into a home they recently bought.
“She’s gone home before to visit, but this is different,” Kelly told the Star. “She’ll be home for good. She’s very, very happy.”
The couple had been living in Houston, Kelly’s hometown, since late January 2011, weeks after she was shot through the brain in a Jan. 8 attack that left six people dead and 13 others wounded. Earlier this month, the suspect, Jared Loughner, pled guilty to the crime. As part of a plea agreement, he will spend the rest of his life in jail.
According to the Star, Giffords went through an intense rehabilitation process in Houston – six to eight hours a day – and progressed to the point that she was able to briefly return to the House of Representatives last August to vote, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance in Tucson on the anniversary of the shooting. Kelly said her therapy will continue, but in a more relaxed manner.
“She’s getting to the point with some things she needs less than others. You know, it’s time for her to get back to as much of a normal life as possible after this type of catastrophic injury,” Kelly said. “Obviously, a big thing for her is to come home.”