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Jan 13, 2011 1:19 PM by Greg Boyce

Giffords sits up, moves arms and legs

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Doctors say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is moving both legs and both arms, has opened both eyes and is responding to friends and family.

With a crowd of friends and family around her bed, Giffords opened her left eye on Wednesday and tried to look around.

Neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Lemole says Thursday that means Giffords is aware of her surroundings. She likely opened her eye because of the unexpected stimulation from so many people she knows.

Doctors have sat her up on the side of the bed and dangled her feet over the edge. They are backing off on medications.

Giffords was shot in forehead in an assassination attempt that killed six. The three-term Democrat still has a breathing tube in her throat and can't talk.

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