Scalise Is Still In Critical Condition, But Doctors Are Optimistic

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3 House Republican, has shown improvement after being shot by a gunman who opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon says. "We have controlled the internal bleeding, and his vital signs have stabilized", Sava said at a press conference.

Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock. Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation". Scalise will undergo more operations.

The doctor said Scalise has been sedated although the dosage has been turned down to allow him to respond to family members.

"We fully expect him to be able to walk. hopefully, run".

The Republican baseball team was practicing early Wednesday ahead of an annual charity game when a gunman who had ranted against President Trump opened fire wounding Scalise and others in the ball field outside Washington.

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"On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday's events", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in a statement Friday.

Speaking in Miami on Friday, Trump said Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".

Sava estimates there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's pelvis and says doctors don't intend to try to remove them all, as that could cause more harm than good.

"He's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought", he said, adding that he hoped the country could become more unified in the aftermath of the shooting. He declined to describe specific internal injuries.

The FBI said that the shooter's weapons found at the scene - a 9mm handgun and 7.62mm caliber rifle - had been legally purchased. Law enforcement officials proceeded Friday with their investigation of the attack at a suburban Virginia park, including examining Hodgkinson's social media activities and his home in Belleville, Illinois. Also suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. The 51-year-old remains in a critical condition. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized.

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