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Giffords returns to rehab hospital after surgery

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been transferred back to a rehabilitation hospital after surgery to replace part of her skull.

Giffords' spokesman C.J. Karamargin said the congresswoman returned to TIRR Memorial Hospital in Houston on Tuesday.

Doctors had removed the piece of skull shortly after Giffords was shot on Jan. 8. They did this because her brain was swelling. They covered the hole with a custom-made plastic implant.

Wednesday's surgery has been called a milestone in Giffords' recovery by outside experts. It was conducted while her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, is in space commanding the space shuttle Endeavour.

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