U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was transferred this morning out of an intensive care unit and into TIRR Memorial Hermann, where she is expected to begin a full-fledged rehab program after being shot in the head Jan. 8.
Giffords was being treated for fluid buildup in her brain and was in serious condition at the intensive care unit of Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. But the hospital late Tuesday announced that the Arizona congresswoman had been upgraded to good condition and would be relocated to TIRR.
Police early Wednesday halted traffic in parts of the medical center and escorted Giffords’ ambulance to the
Crews in hard hats had worked to install a pair of tarps around a covered front entrance to the center, apparently to block visibility of Giffords and her ambulance as she entered. But the congresswoman was moved into the facility from a back entrance that was also out of view.
She was expected to be transferred as early as 7 a.m. but was delayed until after 9:30 a.m. No reason was given for the delay.