Scalise Is Still In Critical Condition, But Doctors Are Optimistic

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock.

A single rifle wound caused "substantial damage" to Scalise's internal organs and blood loss, his doctor explained Friday.

"The congressman's status remains critical", Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. "Five people were wounded in the assault, including a member of House Leadership -- my good friend, Steve Scalise", Trump said in his weekly web and radio address to the nation. He also says that Scalise received many units of transfused blood for hemorrhaging.

The Republican baseball team was practicing early Wednesday ahead of an annual charity game when a gunman who had ranted against President Trump opened fire wounding Scalise and others in the ball field outside Washington. The fact that his injuries brought him close to death was not widely known initially. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said. "I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said.




After additional surgeries and rehabilitation, Scalise can be expected to walk "and hopefully run", Sava said. Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family".

Witnesses said the shooting would have been a "massacre" if not for the Capitol Police officers on duty as part of Scalise's security detail and the gunfight that ensued as local law enforcement arrived. In that bad crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner - who he also met during his visit to the hospital - raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey. "We salute them, and we also salute members of Alexandria Police, Fire and Rescue", Trump said. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., paid a visit to his injured colleague at the hospital Friday.

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased. Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday. But he stopped short of providing specifics of Scalise's internal injuries.

"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism os Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve", Jennifer Scalise wrote. The 51-year-old remains in a critical condition.

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