Representative Steve Scalise's Condition Improves to "Serious"

19 Juin, 2017, 18:44 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

The 51-year-old Republican congressman from Louisiana underwent another surgery on Saturday, the hospital treating him said, which was at least his third operation since being transported to the facility.

Three days after he was shot in the hip by a high-velocity rifle, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise has regained consciousness and is able to talk softly, having spoken with his wife Saturday morning, according to two sources close to the congressman's family.

The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, was killed by police Wednesday after firing dozens of bullets during the congressional practice session.

Scalise's trauma surgeon said Friday he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death.

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'Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition. The bullet that struck Scalise "travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding", his doctors said.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Dr Sava said. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital wrote, "on behalf of the Scalise family". Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident. "However, Scalise will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks". Griner remained hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.

FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Hodgkinson has been identified as the suspect in the Wednesday, June.

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

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