Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

GOP lawmaker Scalise still critical though doctors 'encouraged'

GOP lawmaker Scalise still critical though doctors 'encouraged'

Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center say that since U.S. Rep Steve Scalise arrived there after he was shot in the hip Wednesday morning, "excellent" recovery is now a "good" possibility and that they expect him to walk again.

Dr. Jack Sava, trauma director at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, says several operations have controlled the bleeding and Scalise's vital signs have stabilized. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers".

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.

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.

Former President George W. Bush wrote on Instagram Friday, "Last night I had a nice chat with Jennifer Scalise, who reports that Steve is fighting hard and getting better".

The FBI and the Alexandria Police Department said in a joint statement Thursday that federal authorities had examined the rifle and handgun recovered from the scene and determined that Hodgkinson had bought them from licensed sellers.

Scalise is said to be somewhat responding to medical staff and family, according to the doctors.

"After he leaves the hospital, he will require a period of healing and of rehabilitation". The 51-year-old remains in a critical condition.

Scalise probably has hundreds of bullet fragments in his body, and doctors don't plan to remove them because usually there is more risk than benefit in doing so, Sava said.

His condition has improved after undergoing two surgeries and an additional procedure to control bleeding.

Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner also remains at the MedStar Washington hospital after sustaining a gunshot wound to her ankle, but is in "good condition and good spirits" the hospital said. Though the game pegs Republicans against Democrats, attendees and participating lawmakers showed unity in wake of the shooting.

Mr Scalise was among five people wounded in the shooting.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.

"He continues to communicate with us through notes, and even signed the game ball for the Congressional Baseball Game", their statement said.

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