Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Shot US Congressman Scalise in Need of Additional Surgery

Wounded congressman sends Father's Day message Shot US Congressman Scalise in Need of Additional Surgery
Madeline Patrick | 19 June, 2017, 00:50

Democratic and Republican members of Congress are going to bat for unity at their annual charity baseball game on Thursday, just one day after the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others at a GOP practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

Scalise is still in critical condition but is doing better, according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center where the congressman is now confined.

Scalise had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood, Sava said. According to the hospital, he sustained a single shot to his left hip, with the bullet traveling across his pelvis causing bone fractures, internal organ injury and severe bleeding.

The president also asked for prayers for lobbyist Matt Mika, also critically wounded during Wednesday's attack on Republican members of Congress who were attacked while practicing for an annual charity baseball game.

The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died shortly after the incident following a shoot out with police.

The game Thursday, a Washington tradition since 1909 in which Republicans and play Democrats, went on Thursday evening at Nationals Stadium, home of the city's major league baseball team. They also said "we continue to be grateful beyond words for the heroic actions of the U.S. Capitol Police this week".

Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation.

But Scalise still faces multiple surgeries, a prolonged hospital stay and a lengthy recovery, Sava stressed.

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Democrat Cedric Richmond, a fellow Louisiana congressman, said as many others did that Scalise is a fighter.

"I purchased my ticket a few weeks ago, but with what happened yesterday, it has more meaning to me today", said D.C. resident Amanda Linton. "He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours".

Hodgkinson had a history of posting angry messages against Trump and other Republicans on social media.

Those who witnessed the attack say a lone gunman armed with a rifle opened fire on the Republican lawmakers as they warmed up and took batting practice.

Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run".

Scalise has remained under sedation, although doctors have lightened the medication at times so that the congressman can communicate with relatives. Griner, who is still in the hospital, was shot in the ankle.

Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre presented the game ball to Capitol Police special agent David Bailey, who came out on the field on crutches after being injured in Wednesday's shooting, to throw out the first pitch to huge applause.

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