Congressman’s condition ‘more difficult’ than first thought

In a statement Thursday, a hospital spokesman said Scalise’s condition was “critical with imminent risk of death” when he was admitted, but was improving after several surgeries.MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise had surgery Thursday related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg, and “will require additional operations”. Scalise, the third most powerful Republican in the House, was shot through the hip.”Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve’s”, Scalise’s wife, Jennifer, said in the statement.A congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a Capitol Police officer responding to the shooting were the others struck by suspect James Hodgkinson, a man with a history of criminal run-ins who had regularly expressed strident criticism of President Trump, and who reportedly asked a pair of congressmen whether the group on the field was composed of Democrats or Republicans.Sava said Friday that there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise’s body, but “we have no intention to try and remove all the bullet fragments at this point”.A day after a shooter opened fire on Republican lawmakers’ practice, the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity will go on as scheduled on Thursday.Members of the Republican team pray before the Democrats and Republicans face off in the annual Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2017. The congressman underwent another surgery Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with family.Scalise was rushed to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the hip, which doctors said caused severe internal bleeding while damaging bones, organs and blood vessels.Nonetheless, said Sava, “we fully expect him to be able to walk” and “hopefully run”.Still, finger-pointing lingered as some on each side suggested the other had contributed more to the disparaging broadsides they’ve increasingly aimed at each other.Speaking earlier Friday in Miami, Trump said Scalise “took a bullet for all of us” when he was shot.”It’s been much more hard than people even thought at the time”, Trump said. Hodgkinson had posted comments critical of President Donald Trump on his social-media accounts and engaged in a profane tirade about Trump in a chance conversation with an auto mechanic the day before the attack in Alexandria, where Hodgkinson had been living in his van since about March.Once a relatively cozy affair, played at a minor league ballpark in Maryland, the game has gone big time in recent years and has been played at Nationals Park, just a few blocks from the Capitol.”He clearly knows they’re there and appreciates their presence”, Sava said. “We’re united, not as Republicans and Democrats, but as United States representatives”.Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.