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Tucson memorial gathering, Jan. 12, 2011. Image: nicandx/Flickr/CC BY-ND

Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has given her first extended interview since being shot in the head 10 months ago. The interview will air Monday evening on ABC’s 20/20. The brain-damaged congresswoman praised her astronaut husband for keeping her strong.

Interviewed for ABC

A segment from the interview was aired Monday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The segment shows a smiling Giffords praising her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, calling him “brave.” Kelly, in the same clip, uses the same adjective to describe his wife, who has struggled to overcome the damage caused by a crazed gunman in January.

An unshakable bond

Although interviewer Diane Sawyer calls her recovery “remarkable,” it is not clear from the clip just how far along her recovery has come. Very little is seen of the actual interview beyond her repetition of the word “brave” in reference to her husband. What is clear is the unshakable bond between the two.

The clip also includes scenes from Giffords’ recovery and stresses the importance of music as a therapeutic tool for people recovering from brain trauma. Sawyer says the full interview Giffords will discuss her recovery and plans for the future.

A mass-shooting in Tucson

The shooting spree occurred Jan. 8 outside a Tucson, Ariz. supermarket where Giffords was holding a community meeting. Gunman Jared Loughner, 22, opened fire, leaving six people dead, including a 9-year-old girl and U.S. District Judge John Roll. Thirteen other people were wounded, including Giffords. Loughner has pleaded not guilty to all of the 49 federal charges levied against him and is currently in federal custody.

Survivors lobby for gun control

The interview coincides with other victims of the shooting coming to Washington, D.C., to speak in support of a gun control bill. About a dozen survivors and family members have appeared in the nation’s capital to lobby for the bill that calls for stricter criminal background checks for all potential gun owners.  They applauded Giffords and her recovery, saying it has given them all courage and resolve.

Sources

MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45293283/ns/us_news-life/#.TsGhQWWP-_0
ABC: http://abcnews.go.com/US/gabby_giffords/humor-determination-key-congresswoman-gabrielle-giffords-recovery/story?id=14944407#.TsGhpmWP-_0
Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/8890225/Gabrielle-Giffords-praises-brave-husband-in-TV-interview.html

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