House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was at “imminent risk of death” Wednesday after being shot during practice for a congressional baseball game, his doctor informed after the treatment.
Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center with very positive news after Scalise was shot through the pelvis recently.
Sava stated: “The congressman’s status remains critical. We are encouraged by improvement in his condition over the last 36 hours. We have controlled the internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized.”
Although Sava said Scalise could be treated some time in the hospital, he said his health is rapidly improving than when Scalise was brought.
“When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death. The round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels. I understand he was awake on scene, but by the time he was transported by helicopter to the MedStar Trauma Center he was in shock.”
The round that wounded Scalise left behind various bullet fragments that will not likely be removed, Sava said.
“I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than i did two, three days ago. We fully expect him to be able to walk..hopefully, run.”
Scalise has been sedated but doctors have been able to reduce the level of sedation in order to communicate with his family.
On Friday, a hospital statement said Scalise “underwent a second surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.”
Dr. Alex Jahangir, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center: “It’s possible that within three months or so, he can…be back on his feet.”
President Donald Trump said Friday that Scalise “took a bullet for all of us.”
He said: “Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he’s now enduring – and he’s having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought – our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important. So we all owe Steve a big, big thank you.”
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