Rep. Steve Scalise's Condition is Upgraded, Watched Baseball Game
Jun 20 2017 by Joanne Wise
The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital says he is more responsive and speaking with family.
Louisiana member Mr Scalise, 51, was one of five people shot when gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire as the Republican team practised for a charity game against Democrats in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. Doctors said his prognosis was positive on Friday. It includes photos of Scalise and his family.
"He clearly knows they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.
Scalise sustained injuries to internal organs, broken bones and severe bleeding after being shot in his left hip on Wednesday morning on a baseball field in a Washington suburb. Hundreds of bullet fragments remain in his body.
"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday.
The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".
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"He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time", he said.
Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Sava said. The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". He died after officers in Scalise's security detail and local police fired at him.
A spokesman for George Washington University Hospital said that Matt Mika, a lobbyist wounded in the attack, was improving, and that as of Thursday night his condition had been upgraded from critical to serious.
Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.