HOUSTON - Doctors at a Houston hospital said a catheter draining fluids from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' brain was removed ahead of her transfer to a rehabilitation facility.
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In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Giffords' doctors also said they plan to put a speaking valve in her breathing tube to help her speak and that she was ready to begin full rehabilitation.
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It was all more good news for the congresswoman who was seriously injured in a Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords .
Wednesday night, Giffords' husband Shuttle commander Mark Kelly tweeted that she was "doing great."
Meanwhile, The Washington Post is reporting that Jared Loughner, who of Giffords and the murder of two of her aides, What Wasn't in Obama's Speech: Gun Control
The alleged assassination attempt cast a somber mood over President Tuesday night, where many lawmakers in both parties wore black-and-white lapel ribbons to signify the deaths and the hopes of the survivors. Giffords' husband watched the speech from her bedside in Texas, as he held her hand.