Doctors: Scalise remains critical, but 'excellent recovery' possible

US lawmakers returned to regular business on Thursday and prepared to play their annual charity baseball game, one day after a man who had expressed anger toward President Donald Trump opened fire on Republican legislators, leaving a senior congressman in critical condition.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Jack Sava, the director of trauma at the Washington Hospital Center, told reporters. Sava said that "an excellent recovery is a good possibility".

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a GOP lawmaker baseball practice Wednesday morning.

Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital, where Rep. Scalise is being treated, discussed his condition on Friday saying that they believed he would be in the hospital for a considerable amount of time, possibly weeks. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. he was as critical as you can be when he came in".

Scalise will require additional operations to fix abdominal injuries and broken bones, and will be in the hospital for some time, Sava said, adding that he couldn't yet predict the length of his hospital stay.

"He clearly knows they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said. Yesterday, two more procedures were done: a surgery to fix abdominal damage, and an orthopedic surgery to fix his broken leg. Sava would not be specific about Scalise's internal injuries, saying he was trying to preserve some of the Congressman's privacy.

Once recovered, Mr Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said. He said doctors have turned down Scalise's sedation levels enough that the lawmaker has been able to respond to family members visiting him in the hospital.

He was among several people wounded early Wednesday when a rifle-wielding attacker fired on lawmakers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington.

"He was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Sava said.

Should Scalise's recovery go smoothly, Sava said he didn't see Scalise's injuries stopping him from returning to his job. He also says that Scalise received many units of transfused blood for hemorrhaging.

President Donald Trump said Friday that Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

The Trump effect: The administration is "much more bellicose and willing to use force", Moorehead said, leaving a much "greater risk of abuse" of airstrikes under Trump.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration. The round did substantial damage to bones, internal organs, and blood vessels according to Sava. He died later from injuries sustained in a shootout with police.

  • Zachary Reyes