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CNN: Spokesman: Giffords recovering part of her ability to speak


Gabrielle GiffordsFebruary 9, 2011- U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, recovering from a gunshot wound to the head sustained January 8, is regaining part of her ability to speak, her spokesman said Wednesday.

C.J. Karamargin would not divulge what Giffords has said, other than saying she asked for toast.

Giffords is at TIRR Memorial Hermann rehabilitation hospital in Houston. She was moved there late last month from Tucson, Arizona's University Medical Center, where she was taken after the shooting at a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a Tucson supermarket.

Six people were killed in the incident; Giffords was among 13 injured. Authorities have said they believe Giffords was targeted in the shooting. A 22-year-old suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, is facing federal charges.

"The reason for choosing this rehab facility is because of their track record," Karamargin said. "They are doing a fabulous job and working with her language and speech exercise and the physical therapy part of it."

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