Rep. Steve Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

Rep. Steve Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'

As for Scalise, he's still in critical condition, but he's improving.

"Jennifer Scalise also is thanking the first responders who rushed to her husband's aid Wednesday and the staff at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where her husband remains in critical condition. He will require additional operations to manage abdominal injuries and other bone injuries". Although infection remains a risk, Scalise's vitals had stabilized Friday afternoon.

Top US Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise continued to show improvement as he recovers from being shot by a gunman angry about President Donald Trump, the hospital treating him said Saturday.

James Hodgkinson, 66, from Belleville, Illinois, was shot dead by police after opening fire in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday. He said that the greatest initial threat to Scalise's life was due to blood loss.

Though as the trauma director added during a followup question, "an excellent recovery [for Scalise] is a good possibility" at this point, so he may not need to be hospitalized for as long as several weeks. Doctors said his prognosis was positive on Friday. He said doctors will next focus on repairing his internal organs. He is now sedated and awaiting another surgery in the next 48 hours.

The surgeon said there were hundreds of bullet fragments in Mr Scalise's body, but "we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point". He said this is common of gunshot wounds.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has paid a visit to wounded Majority Whip Steve Scalise at the hospital.

Two Capitol Police officers ran into the spray of bullets, killing Hodgkinson in a shoot-out. The officers have been credited with preventing a massacre.

Mr Scalise was airlifted to hospital in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Dr Sava said.

"Our hearts are broken over the assault that was made, really, on all of us", she said, "but personally heartbroken over the dea...ah, at what happened to Steve Scalise, our colleague". He's had a second surgery and will be in the hospital a while. Bailey, Barth, and Williams have been treated and released.

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