HOUSTON (AP) — Rep. Gabrielle Giffords turned 41 Wednesday, five months to the day after she was shot in the head in a Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people.
Giffords spokesman C.J. Karamargin says the Arizona Congresswoman’s staff sang her “Happy Birthday” over the phone and sent her a framed cartoon that shows her and astronaut husband Mark Kelly in space.
The drawing, by syndicated Omaha cartoonist Jeff Koterba, was published in April, and shows Kelly and Giffords holding hands, wearing space suits.
The cartoon reads: “Mark Kelly, Endeavor. Gabrielle Giffords, courage.”
Karamargin says Giffords thanked everyone for the birthday wishes, and spent most of the day continuing with her therapy.
Kelly returned June 1 to Earth on space shuttle Endeavor after about two weeks in space in NASA’s second-to-last shuttle mission.