The face of hope

The staff of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has posted on her Facebook page the first images of her since that horrific shooting in January.  They include the picture below.

AP Photo/, P.K. Weis


The photos were taken on May 17 by photojournalist P.K. Weis of, a longtime photographer for the now-defunct Tucson Citizen who has known Giffords for more than a decade.

Weis snapped the pictures at the Houston rehabilitation center where Giffords is being treated, the day before she was scheduled to undergo a cranioplasty to repair part of her skull that was removed because of brain swelling. The photo session occurred the day after the launch of Endeavour shuttle, which carried her husband, Mark Kelly, into space.

“Any photographer in the country would have loved the opportunity to take these pictures and I was delighted to be asked,” Weis said in a statement.

“It was very inspiring to see how much she had recovered in 4 1/2 months,” he added. “I was excited to see her and to see her smile. She was glad to see me, was in a good mood, smiling and laughing and seemed to enjoy the experience. I certainly did too.”

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Meantime, I know that she remains in many prayers.

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3 responses to “The face of hope”

  1. Beautiful!

    I watched “Apollo 13” yesterday on cable for the about the 10th time, since I used to show this movie to students as an example of putting one’s self aside for a cause more than oneself.

    Quite frankly, I was concerned that her husband, Mark Kelly, would not come home safely.

  2. Let’s hope she continues to do well, and I’m delighted to see a picture of her smiling. Am also incredibly pleased that no one posted pictures of her right after she was wounded or while she was in the hospital. This shows that news people can actually respect the privacy of a famous person!

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