Tom Koch speaks one-on-one with Mark Kelly

In this Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011 photo provided by the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, Giffords' husband, holds the congresswoman's hand in her room at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords was shot in the head during a political event in Tucson on Saturday. (AP Photo/Office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords)
January 18, 2011 6:05:22 AM PST
Astronaut Mark Kelly today gave me his only interview since the shooting of his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Rep. Giffords remains in the hospital in Arizona, and doctors say she's been improving. Kelly remains upbeat about her recovery saying she has even rubbed his neck and plays with his wedding ring and loosens his tie.

Kelly who has spent nearly every waking moment at his wife's side talked about the "worst 15 minutes" of his life when broadcast networks mistakenly reported his wife had died. And he recounts the strange call from a friend that saved the day.

He has been overwhelmed by the support from around the world.

Kelly's identical brother, Scott Kelly, joined us live from outer space today to talk about the progress his sister-in- law is making and what it's like trying to stay in touch from so far away.

"Yes, it's really good news every time I talk to my brother," he said. "It seems like she's making really small steps which I think in this type of injury is really critical." "We are all optimistic about her outcome."

He also talked about how often he keeps in touch with his brother.

"I probably talk to him twice a day, in the morning and right before I go to sleep," he said. "I spoke to him this morning. I think he is coping as well as you can in this situation," he said. "Certainly, it's a very very difficult but I think he is doing as good as you can expect anyone to do."

See the emotionally charged exclusive interview with Giffords' husband Tuesday on Eyewitness News at 5pm and 6pm.


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