Hospital: Scalise was on the brink of death, condition has improved 'subtantially'

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

The House Republican baseball team had been practicing for weeks in early mornings at the Alexandria site for Thursday's annual congressional baseball game against Democratic lawmakers' team.

In a statement released on behalf of the House majority whip's family, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise is now in serious condition.

"We are encouraged in the improvement in his condition in the last 36 hours".

Sava explained there is a major risk to Scalise's life because of hemorrhage that can occur as a result of the substantial damage the bullet caused to blood vessels.

Among others, Republican Representative Steve King wrote on Twitter that "violence is incited by the leading cultural voices of the Left" and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich cited an "increasing hostility on the left".

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

Dr. Jack Sava gave an update on Scalise's condition Friday afternoon and said Scalise was on the brink of death when he got to the hospital by helicopter Wednesday morning.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise 'will require a period of healing and rehabilitation'.

Scalise was among four people shot by a lone gunman who opened fire on a group of Republican lawmakers practicing baseball at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park.

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".

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago", Sava said.

President Donald Trump, who visited Scalise in the hospital on Wednesday, sent a video message that played at the start of the game.

Scalise remains in critical condition at a hospital near the Capitol and has undergone multiple surgeries. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".

Scalise was the first sitting member of Congress to be shot since Democrat Gabby Giffords was wounded in January, 2011 as she held a constituent meet-and-greet in her Arizona district. But he stopped short of providing specifics of Scalise's internal injuries. They say he is able to communicate through notes, and signed the game ball from Friday's congressional baseball game. When the members of the Republican team were announced, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation throughout the stadium.

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