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Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition, able to speak to family

Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition, able to speak to family”

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, visited with Scalise late Wednesday.

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. Hodgkinson died after being shot by police.

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File).

Scalise, a Metairie Republican and the House Majority Whip, was shot in the hip with a rifle.

It was Wednesday morning when Scalise joined other congressmen at a congressional baseball practice for the annual game held Thursday.

The director of trauma for MedStar Washington Hospital said Rep. Steve Scalise's condition when he arrived at the hospital was "as critical as it could be".

"Just left hospital. Rep. Steve Scalise, one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter". Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was hit in the hip, and sustained grievous injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.

Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.

Congressional Sports for Charity said it sold more than 20,000 tickets and raised over $1 million for the game due to the "outpouring of support and generosity" from sponsors.

Since then, the lawmaker has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone. Scalise is still sedated, but he has been awake enough to see and recognize that his family is there with him. "He has received multiple units of blood transfusion". Infection also is a risk, especially if the intestines were perforated. The opposing sides are paying tribute to Scalise, who was critically wounded when a gunman opened fire at baseball practice in Virginia on Wednesday.

Doctors say Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving. Once it has lodged in bone or muscle, "it's not going to do anything".

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.

Sava said his risk of death is "substantially lower" than it was on Wednesday.

Once recovered, Scalise will be able to walk and hopefully run, the doctor said.

"That was tough for me", Duncan said.

Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media. Hodgkinson maintained a social media presence that was pro-Bernie Sanders and anti-Republican.

"We have no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point", he said, noting that is common because finding and removing that many fragments is more risky than leaving them inside the body. "So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you".

On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified the guns found at the scene of the shooting as a 9 mm handgun and a 7.62-caliber rifle. The offices of both senators - Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth - turned over the emails to Capitol Police and declined to offer specifics about their content.

As in the past several years, Rep. Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, a close friend of his wounded Republican colleague and a player in his college days, dominated much of the night, from the mound and the plate. Scalise's Capitol Police detail, two officers of whom were among the injured, has been credited with saving the lives of many present.



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