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Gabby Giffords hospitalized for appendicitis

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Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has been admitted to a hospital with appendicitis. The illness was announced Wednesday by the office of Giffords’ husband, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly.

Giffords was forced to give up her promising political career when she was shot in the head in an assassination attempt in 2011 in Tucson.

She has since become a staunch advocate for gun law reform.

A spokesperson for Kelly says Giffords checked into the hospital on Tuesday and Kelly is returning to Tucson to be with her.