Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded from "critical" to "serious", shows improvement

Rep. Scalise's condition upgraded from

Top US Republican lawmaker Steve Scalise remains hospitalised in critical condition after being shot this week but he has improved, his surgeon said Friday as he expressed optimism about the legislator's prospects for recovery.

A statement released by the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise's condition had been upgraded, and that he was now listed as serious, rather than critical.

After Saturday's surgery, which was not described in detail, Scalise "continues to show improvement", the hospital statement said.

As for rehabilitation, Sava said he believed Scalise will be "able to walk and hopefully run" in the future.

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The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Scalise was shot in the hip, and the bullet damaged bone, blood vessels and internal organs.

Four other people were hurt after James Hodgkinson opened fire at the baseball field as they practised in the morning ahead of a charity game. He has required surgery several times since the shooting. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

The source said investigators were not sure of the significance of the names and did not know if it was a list of people Hodgkinson was targeting.

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The House of Representatives majority whip underwent another operation on Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with his family.

Colleagues who visited Scalise, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier.

The family of a lobbyist shot multiple times during a Republican baseball practice outside Washington says he has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery.

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