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Gabrielle Giffords speaks and asks for toast, aide says

9 February 2011 Last updated at 19:21 GMT

Gabrielle Giffords speaks and asks for toast, aide says

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The US congresswoman shot in the head in an Arizona attack has recovered enough to speak, asking for toast for breakfast, an aide has told US media.

Gabrielle Giffords' chief of staff wrote in an email that Ms Giffords made the verbal request on Monday when staff at the Houston hospital where she is being treated brought her a meal.

Six people were killed in the attack and several others were wounded.

Jared Loughner, 22, is currently jailed pending trial for the shootings.

On his Facebook page, Ms Giffords' husband Mark Kelly said Ms Giffords' appetite had returned and that she had been eating three meals a day, "even though it's hospital food".

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