Dr. Dong Kim, the director of Neuroscience at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, where Giffords has been recovering, said at a news conference that Giffords underwent successful surgery Wednesday to replace part of her skull, which had been removed as the result of her attempted assassination Jan. 8 in Tucson, Ariz.
Giffords, the target of the attack, was shot in the head at close range. The shooter killed six people and shot 13 others.
During her initial treatment, part of Giffords's skull had been removed to relieve brain swelling. On Wednesday, the doctors said, the part was replaced by an implant. [...]
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