Giffords appears in first interview


(JTA) — U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords appeared in her first television interview since she was shot in the head in January.

Giffords (D-Ariz.) told ABC interviewer Diane Sawyer that she would return to Congress when she was "better." She spoke in short, halting phrases and repeated words for emphasis during the television special aired Monday night.

She sat nestled beside her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, during the interview; he often clarified her phrases or answered the questions for her. Giffords called her husband "brave."

The interview was interspersed with video taken by Kelly throughout Giffords’ recovery, including video of her in her hospital bed on the day after she was shot.

The couple have just released a book that they wrote together with journalist Jeffrey Zaslow titled "Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope."

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