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Friday 19 April 2019

Husband may leave Giffords for space trip

Will he fly or not? There are hints that astronaut Mark Kelly will blast into space in April, as commander of Endeavour's final voyage.

That would mean leaving his wounded wife, Democratic Rep Gabrielle Giffords, to continue her rehab treatment without him for at least a few weeks.

She has limited movement on her right side, and no one has said if she can speak. She was shot in the head not quite a month ago in an attack by a gunman.

Kelly tweeted yesterday: "Today was a huge day for GG. Lots of progress!"

Kelly's decision to take a risky rocket ride so early in her recovery may seem startling. But those who know the couple, as well as doctors and rehabilitation experts, say it is a personal choice.

Dr Louann Brizendine, a psychiatrist at the University of California, said: "It's a one-time opportunity perhaps for him."

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