Doctors 'encouraged' by Scalise's improvement

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

Rep. Steve Scalise is still in critical condition, but his health is improving, the Congressman's surgeon said two days after Scalise was shot at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.

Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, 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, D.C., suburb.

Scalise is still in critical condition but is doing better, according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center where the congressman is now confined.

Though Scalise was conscious at the scene after he was shot and his office said he talked to his wife before his first surgery, he was in shock by the time he arrived at the hospital, according to Sava.

The gunman, identified by authorities as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson from Belleville, Illinois, was killed in a gunfight with Capitol Hill police officers during the attack.

On Thursday night Scalise was honored at the annual congressional baseball game at Nationals Stadium, where a record crowd showed up.

Scalise remains in critical condition after he was gunned down at a congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning.

Scalise probably has hundreds of bullet fragments in his body, and doctors don't plan to remove them because usually there is more risk than benefit in doing so, Sava said.

Sava said that doctors on Thursday had operated on him to fix the broken bone.

Colleagues who visited Scalise sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

Dr. Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, says several operations have controlled the bleeding and Scalise's vital signs have stabilized.

Still in critical condition and undergoing repeated surgery, GOP House Whip Steve Scalise faces a "much more difficult" struggle to recover from his gunshot wound than first thought, President Donald Trump said Thursday.

Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family".

In his speech in Miami Friday, President Trump called for unity in the aftermath of Wednesday's shooting at a GOP baseball practice.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

Hodgkinson had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media. Griner, who is still in the hospital, was shot in the ankle.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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