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GOP lawmaker Scalise still critical though doctors 'encouraged'

18 June 2017

Rep. Steve Scalise's doctor answers questionsFor now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

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". He will need additional operations, possibly in the coming days. The team doesn't plan on removing them all soon: The Congressman has already undergone multiple surgeries in the last 36 hours.

The Louisiana Republican is recovering from "substantial damage" he suffered when a bullet pierced his left hip and traveled directly across to the other hip, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Friday.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise looks like he will make an "excellent recovery", doctors say - but that wasn't always the case.

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Hodgkinson opened fire on dozens of Republican congressmen and staffers at a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

Hodgkinson was injured in a shootout with police and later died of his injuries, according to officials.

Sava said infection remains a risk.

A congressional staffer and lobbyist were also shot, and another congressman and police officer suffered injuries.

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The congresswoman's wife, Jennifer, issued a statement Friday thankful for "the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received".

The shooting cast a somber mood over Washington and momentarily tamped down the partisan fighting. Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Ill., resident who officials said had been living out of his auto in Alexandria, Va., opened fire as Congress members and staffers practiced for a charity baseball game slated for Thursday.

Speaking in Miami on Friday, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us". The bullet that struck Scalise tore through his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding, the hospital said.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock. "He clearly knows that they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

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Predicting when the congressman would be released from the hospital was hard, the doctor said, adding that "he will require a period of healing and of rehabilitation".

GOP lawmaker Scalise still critical though doctors 'encouraged'