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

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

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition is continuing to improve after he was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise, the third-ranking GOP leader in the House, "continues to show signs of improvement", said the statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center, which it released on behalf of Scalise's family.

Mr Scalise had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood, Dr Sava said.

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".

Dr. Jack Sava said Friday that when Scalise arrived "he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", but that doctors had made "a lot of progress" in stopping the bleeding.

President Donald Trump visited Scalise at the hospital Wednesday night and later said in a speech, "He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope".

Sava was reluctant to predict whether Scalise would make a full recovery, but offered there was a good chance he would walk and run again.

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A Republican supporter holds up a sign supporting House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017. "The round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels". A gunman, now identified as James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on the lawmakers, spraying bullets that left Scalise in critical condition and four others wounded.

"He will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries", Sava said.

Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's. Medical staff said that he is sedated but does seem to know that his family is with him.

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.

Speaking earlier Friday in Miami, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us" when he was shot.

Matt Mika, a lobbyist for Tyson Foods, was shot multiple times in his chest and suffered massive trauma.

He said Scalise will likely have more surgeries in the coming days, as the surgeries done so far have been mostly along the lines of "damage control". He has required surgery several times since the shooting. He declined to describe specific internal injuries. Scalise has been an avid participant in the game since arriving in Congress in 2008.


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