Tucson: The husband of Rep
Gabrielle Giffords says he believed for about 20 minutes that his wife was dead after viewing a mistaken television news report that said his wife had been fatally shot.
Astronaut Mark Kelly told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an
interview that aired yesterday night that he learned that
Giffords had been shot on January 8 when he received a phone
call from her chief of staff.
He says he rushed aboard a friend's plane to fly to
Arizona, and while aboard the plane saw the TV report. He says
he ran to the plane's bathroom and broke down.
Kelly says he learned that she was alive when he called
Giffords' mother, who was outside the operating room at the
Tucson hospital where the congresswoman was being treated.
First Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 16:13