Giffords' friend says congresswoman makes progress

June 12, 2011 - 9:56 AM
ADDITION Congresswoman Shot

ADDS WHERE AND WHEN PHOTO WAS MADE - This, most recent photo of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot, was posted to her public Facebook page by her aides Sunday morning June 12, 2011. The photo was taken May 17, 2011 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, the day after the launch of Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty. Giffords could be released from a rehabilitation hospital in Houston sometime this month, a top aide says, offering the latest indication that the Arizona congresswoman is making progress in recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. (AP Photo/Giffords Campaign - P.K. Weis)

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' closest friends in Congress is impressed by Giffords' "remarkable progress" from her shooting in January.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that she had a "wonderful conversation" on the telephone with Giffords on Wednesday.

Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, says Giffords spoke in full sentences and initiated some of conversation instead of just responding, as she had done in the recent past.

Giffords was shot in the head during the attack at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 8. Six people were killed and 13 were injured.

The Arizona Democrat has been in a Houston rehabilitation facility since two weeks after shooting.