Top Aide: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords ‘Struggling To Talk’

The amazing story of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ recovery from the shooting in Tucson has progressed to the point where Giffords is “struggling to talk,” according to an interview published in the Arizona Republic. Giffords, who celebrated her 41st birthday yesterday, is making “amazing progress” said C.J. Karamargin, Giffords’ spokesman. But another staffer, Pia Carusone, the Congresswoman’s chief of staff, described the recovery–especially Giffords’ efforts to speak–as frustrating and difficult, with Giffords unable to form complete sentences.

“We do a lot of inferring with her because her communication skills have been impacted the most,” Carusone told the newspaper. “She is borrowing upon other ways of communicating. Her words are back more and more now, but she’s still using facial expressions as a way to express. Pointing. Gesturing. Add it all together, and she’s able to express the basics of what she wants or needs. But, when it comes to a bigger and more complex thought that requires words, that’s where she’s had the trouble.”

As CBS News reports, Giffords continues to undergo rehabilitation at a facility in Houston. She’s been there more than four months now, since just weeks after the shooting.

The entire story, including Carusone’s answer about whether Giffords can stay in office, can be found here.

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