First Gabby Giffords photos released since Arizona shooting

Just over five months after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot and critically wounded at a congressional event in Tucson, the public got its first glimpse of the Arizona congresswoman via her Facebook page Sunday. Her office posted two clear photos of a smiling Giffords posing outside her Houston rehabilitation hospital last month.

The photos were taken May 17, the day after Giffords attended the launch of the final mission of the space shuttle Endeavour, commanded by her husband, Mark Kelly. The shots depict how far the injured Democratic lawmaker has come physically since she was shot at point blank range in the head during January’s deadly shooting.

While her hair has been trimmed short, there are few obvious signs of the trauma she suffered, aside from a tracheotomy scar on her throat.

In one photo, she is looking directly into the camera, and in another, she is sitting next to her mother, Gloria.

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