Kelly 'hopeful' Gabrielle Giffords will attend Shuttle launch
March 15th, 2011
03:58 PM ET
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Kelly 'hopeful' Gabrielle Giffords will attend Shuttle launch

Washington (CNN) – Astronaut Mark Kelly said he is optimistic his wife, wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, can attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour scheduled for next month.

"I am hopeful that can happen," Kelly told a telephone news conference sponsored by the American Red Cross.

Kelly was promoting 100 events sponsored by the Red Cross around the country this Saturday – called "Gabrielle Giffords Honorary Save-a-Life Saturday" where trainers will be teaching Americans key first aid and CPR skills.

Organizers want people equipped with the knowledge needed to save lives - as happened at the shooting of Giffords and others in Tucson on January 8 when people jumped in and gave critical aid to the victims until emergency workers arrived.

When asked about her condition, "I am really encouraged," Kelly told reporters. "She is doing well. She continues to improve daily."

Giffords is undergoing treatment for her head wound at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, where her husband is training for his mission.

Last Friday her doctors told a news conference that she has been speaking in full sentences and is able to walk with assistance.

Kelly told reporters Tuesday there was no set deadline for making a final decision about whether Giffords will be able to make the journey to Florida for the shuttle takeoff.

"We are looking at that right now," he said.

Kelly said he spends each morning at the hospital bringing her a cup of coffee and a New York Times newspaper from which the couple reads some of the articles.

Each day the coffee store puts different messages on the cups.

Giffords "is very interested to see what is on her cup" each day and enjoys seeing the various sayings such as "have a great day," Kelly said.

"The time we get to spend together is pretty special," he added.

After their morning time, Kelly goes off for training and then returns to the hospital around 6 p.m. to spend the evening there before going home to sleep.

One of those participating in the Red Cross events will be Daniel Hernandez, an intern in Giffords' office, whose quick reaction and first aid skills are credited with saving her life.

Event organizers and officials from her office said it may never be known the full benefit of people learning these critical skills, but if "one life is saved this entire effort will have been worth it," Giffords' Communications Director CJ Karamargin said.

Several lawmakers have expressed interest in participating, officials said.

To kickoff the nationwide events the Red Cross is sponsoring a training Wednesday on Capitol Hill for Giffords' colleagues and their staffs.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Moose

    Oy - and this broad can't just in her hospital room and get better because.......?????????????
    Answer: She's a typical elite Dumbocrat chick who just can't help herself. She can't be out of the media limelight for too long. What she SHOULD DO is stay in her room and get better and then take care of her young children instead of pushing her own agenda and paying someone else to "love" her kids (aka some 18-yr old at the local day care center). UFB

    March 15, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. DIANA

    Godspeed Ms. Gifford. We're praying for a speedy recovery.

    March 15, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Corey T., NY

    To Moose:
    You, truly, should be ashamed of yourself. Rep. Giffords is not doing anything but trying her hardest to get better. Her husband advocating events that will teach people First Aid for emergencies is NOT about politics. It is just smart, plain and simple.

    Caring about other people is part of what America is all about. Maybe you could learn from the example that she and her husband are setting. And if you don't wish to learn, then maybe this country isn't for you. The door is always open if you want to leave. I hope it doesn't hit you on your way out.

    March 15, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Mom2Gals

    Hey Moose-take a little time off from blasting Democrats to educate yourself. SHE DOESN'T HAVE KIDS!!!!! He does....typical right winger spouting off before you get the facts. You must be friends with Michelle Bachmann. She can't get the facts straight either and she thinks she has a chance at the presidency....

    March 15, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ms. Gifford you were spared for a reason. Godspeed in your recovery. I am sure that it hasn't been lost on millions of good people, and thousands of bigots that the person who gave you life-saving care first was a Hispanic. I found that 'coincidence' interesting in light of all the hatred swirling in your part of the States towards immigrants (Show Your Papers).

    Moose: You're in dire need of attention and a bone-crushing hug. Good luck with that.

    March 15, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Gabby will speak and walk again very soon because we continue to pray for her. Until then Sarah Palin should keep her mouth shut and so should her father who never spoke of concern for Gabby but only for Sarah and his family.

    March 15, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Wayne


    I don't understand venom being addressed to a gun shot victim. I guess you would rather hear less intelligent offerings from the Queen of Wasilla.

    March 15, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. Root and stem

    The problem with Claudia in Houston and other half wits are the vicious and fascist attacks on Conservatives in the wake of the shootings in Tucson. Get you head out of your CNN created ass Claudia.

    March 15, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Root and stem

    Me thinks Moose is acutally Claudia. Typical radical Progressive fascism practiced by her and Mr. Obama.

    March 15, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. T'sah from Virginia

    Get Well Gabby!!!

    March 15, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Root and stem

    Dominican mama's post needs to be pulled. She is advocating violence agains the poster Moose.

    March 15, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Dylan

    HEy Moose !

    You know Sarah Palin kills Mooses?....whatch her....

    I don't need to repeat what others already said....Get a life !

    March 15, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |