(HOUSTON) — Space shuttle commander Mark Kelly says his wife, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is doing “really well” after undergoing cranioplasty surgery in Houston Wednesday morning.
Speaking at a news conference Thursday morning from Endeavour, which docked with the International Space Station on Wednesday, Kelly said he was able to speak to Giffords’ mother and his twin brother, astronaut Scott Kelly, by telephone during the operation.
“She’s doing really well,” Mark Kelly said. “Everything went as planned. Her neurosurgeons are very happy. She’s recuperating and she’s actually getting back to therapy today. So it went really, really well.”
Giffords was shot in the head earlier this year in Tucson, Arizona. A portion of her skull from the left side of her head was removed to ease the stress and pressure on her brain due to swelling.
On Wednesday, doctors inserted a plastic replacement, whose shape was generated by a computer to match the shape of the lost bone.
Earlier in the week, Giffords was on hand at the Kennedy Space Center to watch her husband blast off into space for Endeavour’s final flight.
ABC News has been told that Kelly, as a gesture of love, took both of their wedding rings on the flight with him.
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