Giffords' Husband Talks About Her Recovery

By: AMANDA LEE MYERS and BOB CHRISTIE - Associated Press Writers
By: AMANDA LEE MYERS and BOB CHRISTIE - Associated Press Writers

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' husband says she's doing so well that she insisted on giving him a ten-minute neck massage from her hospital bed.

In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that will air Tuesday night, astronaut Mark Kelly says the gesture shows that his wife is improving and that her spirit and their personal bond remain strong.

Kelly told Sawyer that he reminded Giffords she's in intensive care and needed her rest. But the act was typical for her to look out for others.

Kelly also said he would be willing to meet with the parents of suspect Jared Loughner, who is accused of trying to assassinate Giffords. The attack wounded her and 12 others and killed six.

Meanwhile, doctors have successfully performed a surgery on Giffords' eye socket to remove bone fragments.

There were no complications from the surgery.

Dr. Randall Friese said Kelly also told doctors he saw Giffords smile. He said sometimes people see what they want to see, but that "if he says she's smiling, I buy it."

Giffords still cannot speak because of a tracheotomy done so the breathing tube could be removed from her mouth.

Dr. Michael Lemole says the eye operation entailed making an incision above the eyebrow, removing bone chips to relieve pressure and reconstructing the roof of the socket.

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