Majority Whip Steve Scalise is showing “signs of improvement” and is “speaking with his loved ones” following an additional surgery, according to an update provided by MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday.
The hospital also upgraded his condition from critical to serious.
“Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition. He underwent another surgery today, but continues to show signs of improvement,” according to a statement from the hospital, courtesy of the Scalise family. “He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones. The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers.”
Scalise was shot Wednesday morning during a congressional baseball practice by a gunman who opened fire, injuring multiple people before being shot himself. The attacker, James Hodgkinson, later died.
The director of trauma at MedStar, Dr. Jack Sava, told reporters Friday that Scalise was in “imminent risk of death” after he was shot but his condition had improved.
The “risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in,” Sava said, adding that the majority whip will remain in the hospital for a conservable amount of time.
The bullet that wounded Scalise entered his left hip, fragmented and caused ““substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels,” Sava told reporters.
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