US lawmaker Giffords released from hospital

US lawmaker Giffords released from hospital Houston: US lawmaker Gabrielle Giffords was on Wednesday released from hospital here, five months after being shot in the head during a political event.

"Congresswoman Giffords has shown clear, continuous improvement from the moment she arrived at TIRR five months ago," Dr Gerard Francisco, the hospital's chief medical officer said in the statement.

"We are very excited that she has reached the next phase of her rehabilitation and can begin outpatient treatment," Francisco said.

The Arizona congresswoman will continue to receive treatment from TIRR Memorial Hermann therapists as an outpatient, according to a statement from the faculty.

She will stay with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, who has a home in League City.

"Gabby has recovered well from the surgery," Dr Dong Kim, Giffords' neurosurgeon, said in the statement.

Congresswoman Gifford was shot in the brain at close range by a gunman while she was meeting her constituents in Tuscon, Arizona. The gunman, who went on a shooting rampage after firing at Giffords also killed six people, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.