Lobbyist shot is expected to make full recovery

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican shot Wednesday during congressional baseball practice, remains in critical condition "but has improved in the last 24 hours", MedStar Washington Hospital announced Thursday.

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", MedStar Washington Hospital said in an email Saturday. He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognize and communicate with his family, Sava said.

The House of Representatives' No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot.

"His risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in".

Scalise, 51, 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.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot in the chest at the baseball practice.

Sava said Friday that there were still hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body, but that doctors "have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point".

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries and will need more.

Both Franks and Brooks told CNN they were informed about the list by Capitol Police.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media. He died after officers in Scalise's security detail and local police fired at him.

Despite his optimism, Sava said Scalise's condition remained critical: "He will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries".

Scalise underwent a third procedure and second surgery for his gunshot wound Thursday. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

Scalise, the number three House Republican, was shot along with three other people early Wednesday when a lone gunman, angry about President Donald Trump, attacked a group of Republican lawmakers as they practiced for a congressional charity baseball game. Richmond, who plays for the Democratic team, said he had visited the hospital multiple times.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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