U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, showed further improvement days after being shot by a man who opened fire on lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said in a statement on Saturday.
Scalise was in dire condition when he was shot at the Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.
Scalise was among three people shot by 66-year-old James Hodgkinson on Wednesday. The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.
Sue Hodgkinson told reporters outside her IL home Thursday that she was busy with her job and didn't know a lot about what her husband, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, did between January and March.
Sava also said that Scalise will likely remain in the hospital for a "considerable period of time". The person did not disclose the names, but said those listed had been briefed.
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"I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said at a news conference Friday afternoon. He was shot in the hip with a rifle round, and suffered internal bleeding and damage to internal organs. "His risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in".
President Donald Trump visited Scalise at the hospital Wednesday night and later said in a speech, "He's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope".
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". Six people were injured during the attack, including two congressmen, a congressional aide, a lobbyist and two police officers.
Though Scalise was conscious at the scene after he was shot and his office said he talked to his wife before his first surgery, he was in shock by the time he arrived at the hospital, according to Sava.
Scalise, 51, who represents a district in Louisiana and is the House majority whip, had previously been listed in critical condition.