The House of Representatives’ No. 3 Republican leader was in grave condition when he was first shot.
The Democratic and Republican congressional baseball teams played their annual game to benefit charity Thursday night under the lights at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., only 36 hours after a shooter unleashed gunfire at a GOP team practice.
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The president thanked “members of Congress, their staffs, and baseball fans across the country” for supporting the game.
Sava declined to put a timeline on when that would happen or when Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hospital.
The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said. While he’s still under sedation, Sava says Scalise has responded to family members.
Sava said Scalise will require surgeries soon for abdominal and bone injuries, in addition to the two he has undergone to fix a bone in his leg broken by the bullet.
Scalise underwent a third procedure and second surgery for his gunshot wound Thursday.
Vice President Mike Pence earlier on Thursday said he visited the hospital where Scalise was being treated.
There is still significant risk of infection, especially if the colon was pierced, so the congressman is not out of the woods yet, Gomez reported.
Mr. Scalise was one of four people shot Wednesday when a gunman opened fire on GOP lawmakers at an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field.
Surgeons estimated that hundreds of bullet fragments remain in Mr Scalise’s body. Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, “it’s not going to do anything”. One of them, David Bailey, went out to the pitcher’s mound on crutches to throw out the first pitch. Nonetheless, said Sava, “We fully expect him to be able to walk” and “hopefully run”.
As the game progressed, MedStar Washington Hospital Center released an update on Scalise’s condition. He will need additional operations, possibly in the coming days.
“I’m prayerful that he will pull through”, Richmond replied, when asked if he was confident Scalise would survive.
Gunman James Hodgkinson, from Belleville, Illinois, a home inspector, died after officers in Mr Scalise’s security detail fired back at him. Hodgkinson had posted comments critical of President Donald Trump on his social-media accounts and engaged in a profane tirade about Trump in a chance conversation with an auto mechanic the day before the attack in Alexandria, where Hodgkinson had been living in his van since about March.
“Tonight’s game has taken on a much deeper level of meaning, beyond anything that we would have thought”, Trump said. House Speaker Paul Ryan was met with a bipartisan standing ovation when he announced that the game was still on during a meeting on Wednesday.
The congresswoman’s wife, Jennifer, issued a statement Friday thankful for “the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received”.