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Intern says he’s talked with Giffords by phone

Daniel Hernandez, an intern with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., speaks outside University Hospital Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz. Hernandez attended to Giffords and others immediately after Giffords was shot in the head a day earlier during a speech at a local supermarket. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Daniel Hernandez, an intern with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., speaks outside University Hospital Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 in Tucson, Ariz. Hernandez attended to Giffords and others immediately after Giffords was shot in the head a day earlier during a speech at a local supermarket. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The man who won praise for going to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords aid immediately after she was shot says he has spoken to the injured congresswoman several times on the phone and is amazed by her recovery.

Daniel Hernandez tells the Arizona Republic that their most recent conversation was Wednesday.

He says the calls have included “short interactions and long interactions” but declined to be more specific out of respect for her privacy.

Giffords was critically wounded by a gunshot to the head 12 weeks ago during a shooting rampage in Tucson. Six people died and 12 other people were wounded.

Her doctors say she is making significant advances in speech, motor skills and life skills.

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