Doctor: Scalise Faced 'Imminent Death' When He Arrived

House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise on Capitol Hill in 2015

Scalise is still in critical condition at Medstar Washington Hospital Center, but an update Thursday indicated that his condition had improved after a second surgery. "The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers", the hospital wrote, "on behalf of the Scalise family".

"The Congressman will require additional operations, and will be in the hospital for some time", the hospital added.

Sava earlier said the Louisiana congressman 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.

The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago.

Sava said he was surprised by initial media reports that said Scalise was in stable condition.

One of the injured officers, Krystal Griner, is still being treated at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center after being shot in the ankle.

President Donald Trump says GOP Congressman Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us. We hope." Gabrielle Webster is the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington, another of the four charities supported by the Congressional Baseball Game.

Thirty-six hours after a gunman's attack on Republican lawmakers at their baseball practice, GOP and Democratic teams played their annual charity game Thursday night, determined to show unity. Scalise remains in critical condition but his vital signs have stabilized and doctors have lifted sedation enough for him to respond to family members. U.S. Capitol Police officer David Bailey, who was wounded in the shooting while protecting members of Congress, threw the first pitch.

Doctors expect Mr Scalise will eventually be able to walk and return to work at "full capacity".

Republican and Democrats faced off in the the Congressional Baseball Game Thursday night, but the spirit of bipartisanship was alive and well following the assassination attempt on some lawmakers.

"It's been much more hard than people even thought at the time", Trump said.

A congressional aide, a lobbyist and one police officer were also shot before police killed the gunman.

The Louisiana Republican was shot in the hip Wednesday morning in the baseball practice shooting by an IL man with grudges against President Donald Trump and the GOP. But at a news conference, Pelosi bristled at comments made by a few Republicans and conservative activists who blamed heated Democratic rhetoric for the incident.

At the end of the introductions for the Republican team, the stadium announcer also boomed the name Steve Scalise, leading to a standing ovation.



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