Scalise still in critical condition but improved after second surgery

Rep. Scalise 'better' but still in 'critical condition,' says hospital

Hospital: Scalise still critical, 'has improved in the last 24 hours'

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana is still in critical condition after undergoing a second surgery for injuries sustained Wednesday during a shooting at a Congressional Baseball game practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Louisiana Republican is recovering from "substantial damage" he suffered when a bullet pierced his left hip and traveled directly across to the other hip, Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Friday.

Scalise and lobbyist Matt Mika remained in critical condition Friday. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation.

Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".

The Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition, went on as planned Thursday.

"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. The doctor described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Scalise's hip and traversed his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs along the way.

Scalise arrived at the hospital in a critical state, facing "an imminent risk of death", Sava said. Nonetheless, said Sava, "We fully expect him to be able to walk" and "hopefully run".

The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing baseball had angrily railed against President Donald Trump the day before the shooting.

Since then, Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. When the members of the Republican team were announced, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation throughout the stadium.

The shooter, James Hodgkinson, 66, wounded House whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others when he turned the quiet park into a war zone.

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