Giffords Condition Upgraded to "Good"

The Arizona congresswoman is making progress after being shot in Tucson.


Doctors in Houston, Texas have upgraded Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's condition from "serious" to "good" and she has been transferred from the ICU to a rehabilitation center. Giffords was meeting with constituents in Tucson earlier this month when she was shot by alleged gunman Jared Loughner, who pleaded not guilty to charges in federal court on Monday. Giffords's doctors had hoped she could move into the rehabilitation center earlier, but a buildup of fluid in her brain delayed the process. Though Giffords still can't speak, her doctors say she is improving daily and will begin therapy. In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama noted the empty chair in the chamber belonging to Giffords, and the congresswoman received a standing ovation. Most members of Congress wore black and white lapel ribbon pins to honor the victims of the Tucson shooting. [See photos of the aftermath of the shooting.]