12:10pm

Mon April 4, 2011
The Two-Way

Intern Who Rushed To Rep. Giffords' Side Has 'Withdrawn Emotionally'

Three months have gone by since the shooting rampage in Tucson that left six people dead and another 13, including Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, critically wounded.

One of the heroes from that terryfying day, Giffords intern Daniel Hernandez "has yet to open up to anyone in his family" about the traumatic event, the Arizona Republic reports.

The story is a revealing account of the hectic life Hernandez has lived since Jan. 8 and the concerns that some of his family members and friends have that "the typically open and outgoing Hernandez has withdrawn emotionally from those closest to him."

"I worry about him all the time," his sister, 18-year-old Consuelo, tells the Republic. "Psychologically, I know he has changed. Things like that you will never forget."

For his part, Hernandez says that "I'm doing as well as can be expected. ... it was very difficult, as you can imagine, everything that happened on that day." He's been meeting with a grief counselor.

Hernandez, 21, has been widely hailed for running toward the sound of gunshots and administering some basic first aid that helped keep Giffords alive. He told NPR that he "shut off my emotions" that day "to get stuff done."

In related news, NASA announced today that the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour has been delayed from April 19 to April 29 because the earlier date conflicted with a Russian mission to the International Space Station. Giffords' husband, Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, is scheduled to command the mission. She continues to recover at a Houston rehabilitation center. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.