US Congressman Scalise Showing Improvement After Being Shot — Lead Surgeon

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The GOP house majority whip is recovering at the Medstar Washington Hospital Centre after being shot in the left hip.

Since then he has had more than one surgery and doctors expect he will continue to have more in the near future.

He remains in critical condition Thursday. "Yes, he has additional operations he will need before he leaves the hospital".

When the members of the Republican team were announced at Nationals Park, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation from the areas designated for Republican, Democrat and nonpartisan fans alike.

"Not here, but in our thoughts and prayers, Steve Scalise", said the announcer before the game. Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated.

Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a GOP congressional baseball practice. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially. Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, "it's not going to do anything".

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise would "require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

Scalise, 51, a Louisiana Republican who is the No. 3 House Republican, remained in critical condition at a hospital a few miles from the stadium after undergoing a third surgery on Thursday.

"There is more risk involved in removing them". Interest in the charity baseball game has skyrocketed in the aftermath of the shooting, as staffers and lawmakers look to rally around Scalise and the three others who were shot: a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police special agent. The shooter was an IL man, James Hodgkinson, who had lashed out against US President Donald Trump and Republicans over social media.

Congress is a contentious place, and the battles between Republicans and Democrats have never been more fierce than in the eight years under President Barack Obama and the early days of Trump's presidency. "I know you all will be playing extra hard tonight for Steve".

Investigators studying Wednesday's attack at a suburban Virginia park said Thursday that shooter James Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers. "They saved a lot of lives", Trump said.

"This game is always an important moment for both parties to come together to support charity, build friendships, and celebrate our national pastime", he said.

There were reports of death threats being called in to congressional Democrats and Republicans alike.

Trump and First Lady Melania visited Scalise's family - as well as that of wounded officer Crystal Griner, who is also at MedStar Hospital- last night.

  • Larry Hoffman