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Diane Sawyer Interviews Gabrielle Giffords About Returning to Washington (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 15th 2011 3:00AM
Mike Kelly & Gabrielle Giffords, '20/20'After surviving a shooting rampage in January, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords sat down with her husband Mark Kelly for an interview with Diane Sawyer on '20/20' (Mon., 10PM ET on ABC). While she's made remarkable progress, and looked happy and confident, it was clear that Giffords still has a long way to go.

While her mind clearly knows how she'd have liked to respond to Sawyer's questions, often those responses came in short phrases or repeated words. The word she attributed to her husband Mark, who's been by her side every day, was "brave." He, however, turned the word right back around, attributing it to her.

It was an inspirational view of a woman determined to get better, who continues to progress and get better. She wants to be better, though, before returning to Washington, but she's determined to get there, and based on this appearance, we believe she will.

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Gabby has made miraculous gains. As a health care professional in rehabilitation I know that no matter
what I or my colleagues provide, it is the determination of the patient that makes the difference between success and failure. She had to work very hard to make the gains she has made. I do think it unfortunate that the insurance industry has limited rehabilitation services for individuals who sustain similar head trauma or stroke. Be it Medicare with it's ridiculous therapy cap or other insurers who put a visit limit for Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, the progress of the individual patient is no longer taken into consideration.
Keep up the good work Gabby, we are all cheering for you!

November 17 2011 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was amazed and in awe of Gabby Gifford's continuing recovery, and of her husband's devotion. After Diane Sawyer's interview last night, I picked up a copy of People magazine, this morning, and read the article in it about the Giffords. Made me a bit teary all over again. Good people who make good role models.

November 15 2011 at 8:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here are some political and peaceful holiday wishes we can all agree on.

November 15 2011 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

maybe after obama in 2016 we an have her or hillary run. we must force the right out soon.

November 15 2011 at 12:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watched the Sawyer interview last night. The most wonderful thing I heard from Gifford's husband Mark was him mentioning the wedding vow of "In sickness and health" and how that was so important. How wonderful someone knows what the vows mean, taking them to heart and keeping his marriage vows unconditionally.

November 15 2011 at 12:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm just glad she had good insurance.The average person wouldn't be able to afford any of it....obamacare probly wouldn't cover that.......

November 15 2011 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Bud's comment

it's much better than the republican "notacare" plan bud.

November 15 2011 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kirk & Kim

Mr. and Mrs. Giffords, wow. what should i say. 2 thumbs up, hats off, red carpet has been laid. They both have showed America what marriage is all about, and i hope trash TV is watching. They may learn a thing or three about the value and importance of the vow behind marriage. This couple has just joined the list of classical marriages that have endured the test of time. Hillary and Bill Clinton, Camille and Bill Cosby, now Gabrielle and Mark Gifford. Ladies and Gentlemen, its time to have a national day of Marriage. May God bless and keep you both Mark and Gabrielle, the world is watching, and the faithful prays earnestly for the successful recovery of Gabrielle, i know the Lord has saved her life and preserved her to deliver a special message to those that have been given positions of power and responsibility.

November 15 2011 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If this were me or many Americans we would have been fired long ago. She should resign and let a compent person be in government.

November 15 2011 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She got shot. She's recovering...sort of. Giffords is a politician who gets the best care possible thanks to the taxpayers who could NEVER afford it nor have access to it. Plus a prime-time TV interview. None of the troops with limbs blown off or massive brain damage, struggling to overcome adversity, are ever spotlighted and coddled on national TV. More proof that's it's all about the wealthy and powerful rather than the grunts who do the heavy lifting.
Of course, mentally, "Gabby" is no worse off than most of the halfwits in Washington.

November 15 2011 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fatcatgal58's comment

I understand your sentiment about wealthy getting best treatment & other things where taxpayers pay toward things that don't help the average person etc with what you said. But in the context here it is very very insensitive and not appropriate to take it out on this woman. Give her a break. From what I have seen she seems to be in the less than half of 1% of politicians that is actually a genuine, real, caring person to help the people vs the other self serving politicians who stoop at nothing to stay in power including selling their own mothers soul. Think about it!

November 15 2011 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

God Bless you Gabby ! Speedy recovery

November 15 2011 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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