SAN DIEGO—Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz) is "doing great" and transitioning well to her new rehabilitation Sunday after being shot two weeks ago in a mass shooting at a grocery store in Tuscon, Ariz., according to a tweet from her husband.
"GG all settled in here at MH, " tweeted Mark Kelly on Saturday about her move to Memorial Hermann's Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) in Houston. "Doing great in her new room. Lots of rehab w/TIRR staff Sunday."
A Sunday morning update from Kelly that Giffords is charging forward with her treatment. "No weekends here," he posted. "Gabrielle starts her second day of rehab."
Giffords, 40, was relocated Friday afternoon to an intensive care unit at Texas Medical Center, where a new team of doctors planned to start her therapy immediately. Doctors say the 930-plus-mile trip from Tuscon to Houston went flawlessly.
After several days of evaluation, she was sent to the center's rehabilitation hospital.
Giffords has "great rehabilitation potential," said Dr. Gerardo Francisco, chief medical officer of Memorial Hermann.
"She will keep us busy, and we will keep her busy as well," he said.
The first thing is to determine the extent of Giffords' injuries and the impact on her abilities to move and communicate. She hasn't spoken yet, and it's unknown whether she will suffer permanent disabilities.
A gunman shot Giffords and 18 other people on Jan. 8 as she met with constituents outside a grocery store in Tucson. Six people died. The suspect in the attack, Jared Loughner, 22, is being held in federal custody.
Since she was hospitalized at University Medical Center in Tucson, Giffords has made progress nearly every day, with characteristically cautious surgeons calling her improvement remarkable.
Each new press conference seemingly yields a few more details about the Giffords that her family knows.
Tracy Culbert, a nurse who accompanied Giffords and the congresswoman's husband, Houston-based astronaut Mark Kelly, on the flight, described her as being captivated by a ring on Culbert's finger. The nurse took it off and Giffords put it on her own hand.
"She was taking it off my hand and I asked if she wanted to see it," Culbert said.
Asked how she felt about leaving Giffords on Friday to return to Arizona, Culbert replied, "Do you want me to cry?
"She's a very gentle person," Culbert said, "and her personality is coming out with her touches, the way she touches us, the way she looks at us, and I am very lucky to know her."
Then, she added: "I have a lot of hope for her, and I know she's going to do great."
Doctors said Giffords will stay in the intensive care unit for now because she has a drain to remove fluid buildup in her brain. She was going to begin rehab immediately, with a session scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Because part of her skull was removed during surgery, a specially made helmet was made to protect her brain. Friese said Giffords' husband asked them to make another one - with the Arizona flag on it.
"We immediately got one the next day," Friese said.