Giffords has been in the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, where she is going through a rehabilitation process for the gunshot wound to her head she incurred when a gunman began shooting outside of a Tucson grocery store in January, killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Giffords.
Doctors have said she has made amazing progress, and can now stand by herself and is getting better at walking. Her doctors say that her hair is still very short, there is a small scar on her forehead and her face is still swollen, but it all is healing and the scar will fade.
Gifford’s husband has said that he considered not commanding the Endeavor’s last mission due to his wife’s condition, but she encouraged him to do it because the space program is very important to her, he said.
Doctors are now putting together the plans needed and the medical staff and transportation needed to allow Giffords to go to Florida to watch the launch safely. Her family, along with her husband’s family, her staff and President Obama, with his wife Michelle and their daughters Malia and Sasha will be at the launch with her. This, however, will not be considered a public appearance for Giffords, although they may release a photo after the launch is over.