Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

ALERT: Rep. Steve Scalise's Condition Has Been Upgraded to "Serious"


Scalise underwent another surgery on Saturday and "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement. However, Sava said that the doctors "are encouraged by improvement in his condition" and "an excellent recovery is a good possibility".

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

"He clearly knows they're there and appreciates their presence", Sava said.

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On Friday, the hospital's director of trauma, Dr. Jack Sava, called Scalise's injury a "transpelvic gunshot wound" which had "fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels".

In a statement Saturday, Matt Mika's family says he will remain in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital at least through the weekend.

Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House Republican aide Zack Barth, were also injured in the shooting. The president made his comments as he spoke in Miami to announce a new policy on Cuba. "After discharge he will need a period of healing and rehabilitation". "He is more responsive and is speaking with his loved ones", the doctor said. They also said "we continue to be grateful beyond words for the heroic actions of the U.S. Capitol Police this week".

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Two sources close to the congressman's family said medical staff removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while being sedated, The Baton Rouge Advocate reported.

Hodgkinson, a Belleville, Illinois, home inspector who had been living out of his van near the park, had a social media page filled with criticism of Republicans and the Trump administration.

"Congressman Steve Scalise is in serious condition", the Majority Whip's office tweeted with a message from the Louisiana Rep.'s family. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.

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