Friday, 18 August, 2017

USA congressman Scalise still in critical condition - hospital

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Craig Ferguson | 19 June, 2017, 05:15

Thought the game will go on, Majority Whip Steve Scalise, remains in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a level 1 trauma center.

Scalise's surgeon says he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", despite being at risk of death when he arrived at the hospital.

"He was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death", Dr. Jack Sava said Friday, adding that doctors have been encouraged by his progress.

Scalise will require additional operations, Sava said, adding that it's hard to predict how long he will be in the hospital. He has required surgery several times since the shooting. But he will remain in the hospital for "a considerable period of time" and faces additional operations. He remains sedated but has been able to respond to his family.

Sava estimates there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's pelvis and says doctors don't intend to try to remove them all, as that could cause more harm than good.

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Hodgkinson was shot by Capitol Police on the scene after allegedly opening fire and wounded Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and three others.

Jennifer Scalise says in a statement that the family is "especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country".

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Jake Tapper on "Erin Burnett OutFront" that despite party affiliation they were both on "Team Scalise" on Thursday.

During the baseball practice on Wednesday, a gunman opened fire, injuring Scalise, congressional staffer Zach Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika and two members of the Capitol Police force, Crystal Griner and David Bailey.

Members of Congress took the field at Washington's Nationals Park on Thursday night for the game, many wearing hats to honor Scalise.

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