Survivors of Gunshot Wounds to the Head Offer Prospect of Hope for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

People across nation have been offering their prayers and well-wishes to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona representative who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt that turned into a shooting rampage that left six people dead.

But others who have remarkably survived being shot in the head offer their encouragement and prayers for Giffords from a far more personal place.

Several survivors shared their stories with msnbc.com, giving the public a glimpse into what life might look like after such a violent encounter.

From the story:

Nearly two years after he was shot point-blank in the head, Jory Aebly has some advice for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who doctors say is just beginning to wake up after a bullet tore through her brain.

"You have to keep working, no matter how hard it is," said Aebly, 27, of Cleveland.

More from, "Bullet to the head can be overcome, survivors say."

The Cleveland Clinic laboratory technician is back at work and living on his own, less than 23 months after a robber attacked him and a friend after they left a co-worker's birthday celebration. His friend, Jeremy Pechanec, 28, died, and Aebly suffered what doctors at first called a "nonsurvivable" injury that crossed both hemispheres of his brain and left bullet fragments lodged in his skull.

Aebly not only survived, he rebounded, slowly regaining full ability to see, speak, think and read. Doctors caution that recuperation can vary widely, but Aebly and other victims of gunshot wounds to the head say they're proof that Giffords can recover ..."

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