Giffords Recovers

by Robert Costa

A Sunday smile draws cheers:

The Arizona Republic reports:

Today, the public gets its first look at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot through the head Jan. 8 at a constituent event near Tucson.

Her staff provided two photographs to The Arizona Republic and also planned to share the images with the Arizona Daily Star and on Giffords’ Facebook page. According to her staff, the decision to share them was made by Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, who hope the photos will help Giffords avoid the glare of camera lenses when she begins outpatient therapy later this month.

The goal was to satisfy “public curiosity about her appearance,” said C.J. Karamargin, Giffords’ communications director. “We want to avoid a paparazzi situation.”

The photographs were taken on May 17 in the hours before Giffords’ cranioplasty surgery by P.K. Weis of SouthwestPhotoBank.com, who photographed Giffords in the garden of the Houston rehab hospital where she is recovering. Weis, the former photo editor of the Tucson Citizen, is also Giffords’ friend and said the photos were not altered.

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