Photo: Daniel Hernandez, Rep Gabby Giffords
Intern Daniel Hernandez, who applied pressure to the wound on Giffords’ forehead and pulled her into his lap, holding her upright so she would not choke on her own blood, said he has had “short interactions and long interactions” on the phone with her.
His most recent phone conversation with her was on Wednesday, he said. “It’s great hearing her voice,” said the 21-year-old intern, who was on his fifth day as an aide to Giffords when the shooting occurred.
He would not reveal the details of their discussions out of respect for Giffords’ privacy, but said, “Pretty soon you will be able to ask her yourself because she’s just doing extremely well and recovering very quickly.”
Daniel Hernandez wears a gift from Gabrielle Giffords Mother gave him, promising to keep it on until his boss is well enough to return to work. The medallion is the virgin of Guadalupe that Gabby Gifford had given to her mother. Interesting considering Giffords is Jewish.
Giffords was critically wounded by a gunshot to the head 12 weeks ago during a shooting rampage in Tucson. Six people died and 12 other people were wounded.
Her doctors say she is making significant advances in speech, motor skills and life skills.