Less than two weeks after being shot in the head, Rep Gabrielle Giffords left the hospital in Tuscon, Ariz., to be flown to a rehab facility in Houston where she will continue her recovery.
As the ambulence carrying the congresswoman left the hospital, well-wishers lined the route to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where Giffords was loaded on a specially outfitted jet.
Many held flags and signs of encouragement, while several took the opportunity to pray once again for her.
Most voters credit prayer with Giffords' miraculous recovery from the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, according to a new Fox News poll.
The poll revealed that 77 percent of voters believe prayer helped save Giffords life while 17 percent disagree with that notion. Eighty-four percent of Republicans agreed that prayer saved her life compared with 74 percent of Democrats.
Meanwhile, Giffords will be moved to a rehabilitation facility in Houston on Friday. Her doctors say her progress has been remarkable, but they said she still has a very long road ahead.
Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband, said he is confident she will make a full recovery.
"I can just look in her eyes and tell," Kelly said at a final briefing Thursday at the Tucson hospital. "She is very aware of the situation."
Doctors have revealed more signs of her progress. Giffords scrolled through an iPad, picked out different colored objects, and moved her lips. However, doctors were unclear as to whether she was actually mouthing words. They also do not know how her vision was affected.