Rep. Scalise faces additional surgeries; condition still critical

Rep. Steve Scalise's doctor answers questionsFor now, Scalise remains in critical condition in the hospital's intensive care unit.

"We are encouraged by improvement in his condition in the last 36 hours", Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center told reporters at a news conference.

Congressman Steve Scalise can hope to make an "excellent recovery", his trauma surgeon said Friday, even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death after getting shot at a congressional baseball practice. "I think that his risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. he was as critical as you can be when he came in".

Scalise was shot Wednesday morning as a gunman sprayed bullets into a Republican congressional baseball practice. The other victims are recovering from their wounds, while the gunman died after a shootout with police.

The attacker, who had traveled to Washington several months ago from the Midwestern state of IL, was fatally wounded by members of the Capitol Police who were in a security detail protecting Scalise. "Let us always remember that our job is to serve and represent the whole American People - and that we are all children of the same God", Trump said.

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Mr Scalise, who has had two surgeries, will need additional operations and will be in the hospital for "a considerable period of time, presumably weeks", Dr Sava said.

"She's in good condition and she's in good spirits", Sava said.

His sedation level has been lowered enough to where he has been able to communicate with doctors and his family. Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said.

The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said. They released photos of guns similar to the handgun and rifle that were used in the attack, which officials have said were purchased legally. Police are examining a cell phone, computer and a camera found in his van, according to the statement.

Members of Congress took the field at Washington's Nationals Park on Thursday night for the charity baseball game, many wearing hats to honour Mr Scalise, who has represented Louisiana in the House since 2008.

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