Congressman Scalise Still in Serious Condition, but Showing Improvement: Hospital

Congressman Scalise Still in Serious Condition, but Showing Improvement: Hospital

Top US Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise remains hospitalised in critical condition after being shot this week but he has improved, his surgeon said Friday as he expressed optimism about the legislator's prospects for recovery.

After Saturday's surgery, Scalise is in serious condition but continues to show signs of improvement, according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center released on behalf of his family.

Scalise was one of several people shot by suspect James T. Hodgkinson ― a 66-year-old resident of IL ― who targeted a GOP team baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday.

Scalise was among three people shot by 66-year-old James Hodgkinson on Wednesday.

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.

"He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones", Scalise's account tweeted, with a note that there will be no further updates.

The list, recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was found in James T. Hodgkinson's pocket, according to The Daily Caller. Infection remains a considerable risk in the days and weeks during Scalise's extended hospital stay, Sava said. Brooks said the list was short and the other names he was told of were also GOP congressmen. After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs.

Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Sava said. "His risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in".

His family said they appreciate the support they've received from lawmakers and the president, and are thankful for the bravery of the special agents.

Suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth.

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

The family of a lobbyist shot multiple times during a Republican baseball practice outside Washington says he has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery.

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