Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET
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.
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.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post is reporting that Jared Loughner, who
The alleged assassination attempt cast a somber mood over PresidentTuesday 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.