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Gabrielle Giffords "Gets Fired Up" to U2's "Beautiful Day" During Her Recovery

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Apr. 25 2011, Published 6:07 a.m. ET

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Gabrielle Giffords has been making remarkable improvements after she was shot in the head during the tragedy near Tucson on Jan. 8. And U2 may be partially to thank for Gabrielle's progress!

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The Arizona Republic has new details on the rehabilitation efforts and progress Gabrielle has been making.

"Her face, though sometimes swollen, is otherwise the same as before," their reports explain.

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Gabrielle "speaks most often in a single word or declarative phrase," but she "has opinions and she makes them known."

She "can stand on her own and walk a little, but is working to improve her gait" and "pushes a grocery cart up and down the hospital halls as therapy."

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And the progress Gabrielle is making is truly remarkable.

She is "maybe in the top 1 percent of patients in terms of how far she's come, and how quickly she's gotten there," her neurosurgeon, Dr. Dong Kim, said.

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Katie Couric recently spoke with Gabrielle's husband Mark Kelly about Gabrielle getting approval to attend the final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavor this Friday, and her progress.

"And she goes through speech rehabilitation, music; she likes to listen to U2. 'It's a Beautiful Day' is one of her favorite songs, so I think that gets her fired up," Katie reports. "And apparently, it also fires up the brain's ability to recognize words and kind of emotional centers."

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