Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Laura Litvan
January 21, 2011

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords smiled when she heard applause from bystanders as she was being moved to a Houston hospital to continue recovering from a gunshot to the head in the Tucson, Arizona, shooting rampage, a doctor said.

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While traveling in an ambulance through Tucson, she reacted when she heard applause from people standing along the street, Tucson trauma surgeon Randall Friese, who accompanied Giffords on the flight, said at a news conference today in Houston.

“She responded very well to that” and was “smiling and in fact even tearing up a little bit,” Friese said.

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Giffords, 40, was moved from Tucson’s University Medical Center, flying to Houston for admission to Texas Medical Center’s intensive-care unit. She is to be moved later to the facility’s rehabilitation hospital.

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