Doctors give update on Scalise

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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) remains in critical condition but hospital officials claim that he has shown “encouraging changes,” after he and three others were shot during a GOP team baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday.

According to multiple news outlets Friday afternoon, the director or trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center told reporters they have seen encouraging changes in Scalise, who sustained life-threatening injuries from a “trans-pelvic gunshot wound,” said Dr. Jack Sava.

He explained that the bullet entered his pelvic region near his left hip and caused “substantial damage to bones, organs and blood vessels” as the bullet traveled toward his right hip.

The doctor did not go into detail about the extent of his injuries, however, he did say there are “hundreds of fragments” in Scalise and he has “no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point” due to the high risk involved in his current state.

Scalise has undergone two surgeries and will likely require additional operations in the future, Sava said, adding that it’s uncertain how long he will remain in the hospital.

“He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time,” the doctor said. “Presumably weeks.”

He noted that following the gunshot, Scalise remained conscious but was in a state of shock by the time he arrived at the hospital, where he was “as critical as you can be.”

“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,” Sava said. “When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death.”

Sava also said during the press conference that doctors were able to control Scalise’s internal bleeding, and as a result, “his vital signs have stabilized,” adding that the medical team is “encouraged in the improvement in his condition in the last 36 hours.”

Scalise has been mostly sedated since his arrival, but he has been able to respond to visiting family members at times. Sava told the crowd that Scalise “clearly knows” his family is beside him, according to ABC News.

The Huffington Post reports:

Those who were meant to play against Scalise at Thursday’s game honored him throughout the evening as the Democrats defeated the Republicans 11-2. Rep. Michael Doyle (D-Pa.), the coach for the Democrats, gave the game trophy to Republican coach Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) to put in Scalise’s office until he gets better.

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