Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot point-blank in the head three months ago. This week, the Arizona congresswoman traveled to Cape Canaveral to watch her astronaut husband, Commander Mark Kelly, begin a 16-day mission aboard the space shuttle Endeavour. Rep. Giffords, who has been called “America’s best-known traumatic brain injury patient,” watched the launch of final mission of the shuttle from a wheelchair, remarking to her staff, “Good stuff, good stuff” from her observation point on the roof of the launch control center.
NPR radio Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan referenced Gabrielle’s remarkable recovery in his May 16th program, then went on to explore some of the issues surrounding recovery from traumatic brain injuries. His first guest on the program was John Keller, who survived a motorcycle accident that left him in a coma for 344 days. Today John says he’s pretty much back to “normal” and credits LearningRx, an international brain training company, with his turnaround.