Rep. Scalise gives first interview since shooting


It has been an arduous road to recovery for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), whose life changed one fateful day early this summer when a gunman unloaded on a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.

After being readmitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to complications from the initial surgery to repair his gunshot wounds, Scalise will give a TV interview on 60 Minutes Sunday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. ET and 6 p.m. PT.

If asked in the spring, Scalise surely would have said his battles are fought on the House floor. Instead, he’s battled for his life, first fighting simply to survive, and now, to learn to walk again.

After he was initially shot, Scalise’s status was touch-and-go. The doctor 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.

On June 18, just days after the incident, things seemed to have improved. Scalise was awake and speaking in low tones, and his condition was changed from critical to serious.

Then, in early July, a statement from the Louisiana congressman’s office revealed he had been readmitted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to an infection he contracted after surgery.

“Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection,” read the statement. “His condition is listed as serious. We will provide another update tomorrow, July 6.”

MedStar Washington received harsh criticism for allowing complications after surgery to occur, but ultimately, Scalise recovered, only to begin the long road of physical therapy ahead.

See his full story on CBS this Sunday, Oct. 1.

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