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Gabrielle Giffords and her husband are moving back to Tucson this week.
The move comes a year and a half after she relocated to Houston for intensive physical and speech therapy after a gunman wounded her at an event outside a grocery store.
Retired astronaut Mark Kelly is Gifford’s husband and said his wife will continue therapy in Tucson, but it won’t be as rigorous as her regimen in Houston.
“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,” he said. “Obviously, a big thing for her is to come home.”
Giffords was one of the 19 people who were shot in the attack. Six people died, but Giffords and two others survived. Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty on August 2 to the shooting rampage and will be sent to prison for life.
Giffords has made great strides in recovery this year, drawing a standing ovation from Congress on August 1, 2011 when she returned to the House floor for the first time since the shooting. On the one-year anniversary of the shooting, she recited the Pledge of Allegiance in front of a hometown crowd. She resigned from Congress on January 25, saying she needed time to focus on recovery.
Kelly was positive that his wife will continue to improve.
“She does continue to get better and I think she will for years and years,” he said. “I have heard anecdotally from other people who have had these kinds of injuries, if you remain focused and do the hard work, you will keep improving.”