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From Minnesota's ABC 6 News at kaalTV.com:
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords continues to improve after being shot in the head.

"This is her... so typical of her. She's in the ICU. You know, gone through this traumatic injury and she spent ten minutes giving me a neck massage. I'm pretty sure she wouldn't do that for somebody else... and she's looking me in the eye," said Mark Kelly.

This is the the first time we've heard from the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords since the shooting in Tucson, Arizona ten days ago. Mark Kelly says he's also convinced his wife recognizes him despite the fact she was shot in the head.

Many of us are amazed at Giffords' recovery so far, but it's safe to say she has a very long road ahead of her. But it's a road that others have traveled... including two local residents who continue to fight back from their own traumatic brain injuries.

When Kurt Joblinske was 12-years-old, he was hit in the head with a metal bar.

"I passed out and went into a coma. Well the coma lasted a whole year," said Joblinske

And 46 years later he's still trying to overcome the affects of his brain injury.


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