Wednesday, Jan. 12: Shortly before President Obama speaks at a memorial service in Tucson, Giffords opens her eyes. She is surrounded by her husband and friends from Congress -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. She opened her eyes after her husband encouraged her to do so. "I just witnessed the impact of friendship," Lemole said, according to Gillibrand.
Tuesday, Jan. 11: Giffords’s condition continues to improve. She is breathing on her own and moving her arms. Rhee says she has a “101 percent chance of survival.” Dr. Michael Lemole tells CBS that Giffords could be "out of the woods" within the week: "We don't close the book on recovery for years. So, it will take as long as it takes. I think the most important question to ask is how long will it be before she's out of the woods, so to speak. And that, I think, will be in the next few days, maybe week."
University Medical Center releases first pictures of Giffords, taken Sunday.
Monday, Jan. 10: Rhee says Giffords is “holding her own.” Loughner makes his first court appearance, smiling and speaking in a flat tone.
Sunday, Jan. 9: Giffords’s husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, holds her hand and Giffords squeezes back. Evidence obtained in Loughner’s home reveals that he had singled out Giffords in an assassination plot.
Saturday, Jan. 8: Dr. Peter Rhee performs surgery on Giffords’s brain, removing a piece of her skull to allow room for swelling.
Giffords is shot through the head by Jared Lee Loughner at a “Congress on Your Corner” event outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, Ariz. Loughner claims six lives, Giffords’s not among them. The congresswoman is airlifted to University Medical Center. Loughner attempts to reload his gun, but is stopped by bystanders and arrested.
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