Ron Barber Returning To Work in Giffords' Office

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' office announces that District Director Ron Barber will be returning to work on a part-time basis next week:

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ district director, Ron Barber, will return to work next week, almost six months after he suffered serious injuries in the Jan. 8 shooting.

Barber, who supervises 11 employees in Giffords’ offices in Tucson and Sierra Vista, will work halftime while continuing to undergo rehabilitation to help him fully recover from his wounds.

Barber will return to Giffords’ district office, 3945 E. Fort Lowell Road, Suite 211, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 5.

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“I have been working and planning for this day since I was injured in January,” Barber said. “I have missed my colleagues in the congresswoman’s office and am ready to rejoin them as we continue offering services to the people of Congressional District 8. I very much look forward to the day Congresswoman Giffords herself will be able to return to work.”

Barber, 65, was shot twice, once in the left cheek and once in the left thigh. He was hospitalized in the intensive care unit of University Medical Center, where Giffords also was treated. Barber was discharged after six days in the hospital.

The bullet that struck Barber in the cheek exited from the back of his neck, barely missing his spinal column. The shot that struck him in the thigh caused far more serious medical problems and has hampered his ability to walk. Barber has only limited feeling in the lower part of his left leg and continues to undergo physical therapy.

Doctors have said that Barber likely would have died if bystander Anna Ballis had not stepped forward and applied pressure to his thigh wound. In an interview soon after the shooting, Barber said of Ballis, “I just remember her coming to my aid after I was down. … Had she not been there, I would have probably bled to death right there on the ground.”

Six people died in the shooting including Barber’s colleague, Gabe Zimmerman, Giffords’ community outreach director. Both Barber and Zimmerman had been working for Giffords since she first took office in January 2007.