Rep. Scalise improves from 'critical' to 'serious' condition

Evrard Martin
Juin 20, 2017

In this undated file photo, James Hodgkinson holds a sign during a protest outside of a United States Post Office in Belleville, Ill. Hodgkinson has been identified as the suspect in the Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Washington D.C. shooting.

"My dear friend Steve Scalise took a bullet for all of us", Trump said.

After Saturday's surgery, which was not described in detail, Scalise "continues to show improvement", the hospital statement said. The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.

Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire at a GOP lawmaker baseball practice Wednesday morning. Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement.

According to the New Orleans Advocate, sources close to the family said medical staff removed a tube inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs.

Mika, a MI native, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia.

If Scalise did not suffer nerve damage and his recovery continues without any complications, "it is possible that within three months or so, he can ... be back on his feet", said Dr. Alex Jahangir, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was not involved in Scalise's care.

President Donald Trump speaks about the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scales of La.at a baseball practice, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington before the start of an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives. The officials said Friday that the significance of the list was not known. The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed. The rifle round caused severe bleeding, and a doctor said Friday that when he was admitted he was critical with imminent risk of death, but had improved.

Scalise, 51, spoke while lying injured on the ball field but went into shock when he was transported by helicopter to the hospital in the District of Columbia.

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