Congressman Scalise upgraded to serious condition, speaks with family

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

"The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital wrote, "on behalf of the Scalise family".

Congressional aide Zach Barth was the fourth person hit and is also expected to make a full recovery, NPR's Vanessa Romo reports.

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious as his health continues to show improvement, according to a statement from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen, or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital.

On Friday, the hospital's director of trauma, Dr. Jack Sava, called Scalise's injury a "transpelvic gunshot wound" which had "fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels".

A list of Republican members of Congress was found in the pocket of James T. Hodgkinson, who was killed Wednesday after allegedly firing on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball event, sources told ABC News.

The doctors said that while Scalise remains in critical condition, they "are encouraged by improvement in his condition".

According to the spokesperson, Scalise underwent another surgery on Saturday.

Sava said Friday that there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's body.

But he added: "We fully expect him to be able to walk", and "hopefully run".

Mr Scalise was airlifted to hospital in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Dr Sava said.

Scalise, meanwhile, continued to improve, his doctors said.

"There is more risk involved in removing them". It includes photos of Scalise and his family. Medical staff said that he is sedated but does seem to know that his family is with him. "Take the time to be close to the ones you love".

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.

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'.

Other reports by iNewsToday