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Giffords can walk while holding onto cart

Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot when a gunman opened fire at a Tucson, Ariz., grocery store Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.

February 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords can walk while pushing a cart, according to family, staff and her doctors. It's just one of several encouraging news about the congresswoman's recovery after she was shot in the head more than a month ago.

Her family and doctors report she can understand and respond to questions, and she can mouth the lyrics to easy songs.

"The communication is coming back very quickly," Mark Kelly said.

Kelly said she is trying so hard that her speech therapist, who only a few days ago was trying to get her to talk more, is now asking Giffords to slow down and make sure she hears the question before giving an answer.

The congresswoman even spoke briefly on the phone with her brother-in-law aboard the International Space Station, according to the New York Times.

Giffords was shot in the head on January 8 while meeting with constituents in Tucson. Six people were killed in the attack, including a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.