Confirmed: Giffords Going to Houston for Next Phase of Recovery

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' office confirms plans to move her to Houston for rehabilitation later this week.

We hope this doesn't start a new round of claims by Giffords' political foes that she really lives in Houston. If recent events have demonstrated anything, it's that Giffords' heart is invested in this community—and many members of this community love her dearly.

The press release from Giffords' office:

The next phase of recovery for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is likely to begin later this week when will be transported to one of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.

The congresswoman is expected to move Friday, Jan. 21 to TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Houston. But because this is a fluid situation, the exact day of the move will depend on the congresswoman’s health.

“The congresswoman’s family wants to ensure she receives the best rehabilitative care possible for her type of serious penetrating brain injury,” said Dr. Michael Lemole, one of the congresswoman’s neurosurgeons at University Medical Center. “As a result, they considered facilities around the country, including rehabilitation hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago and Houston.”

Mark Kelly, the congresswoman’s husband, said he and Giffords’ parents weighed many factors in making this decision. High among them was TIRR Memorial Hermann’s relative proximity to Tucson and its outstanding reputation.

For the past 21 years, TIRR Memorial Hermann has been recognized