Congressman Scalise Upgraded to Serious Condition, Showing Improvement: Hospital

Posted June 20, 2017

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise speaks to the media after a meeting at Trump Tower on December 12, 2016, in New York City.

U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious as his health continues to show improvement, according to a statement from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

In a statement released on behalf of the House majority whip's family, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise is now in serious condition.

The hospital said Saturday Scalise is more responsive and speaking with his loved ones.

Doctors say the bullet caused substantial damage to Rep. Scalise's bones and organs.

The man who opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing baseball had angrily railed against President Donald Trump the day before the shooting.

Sava earlier said the Louisiana congressman had been at "imminent risk of death" when he was first brought into the hospital on Wednesday, and he received many units of transfused blood. The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was fatally shot by police.

Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Sava said.

He has had several operations since the shooting. "After discharge he will need a period of healing and rehabilitation".

The Scalise family also said they greatly appreciate the outpouring of thoughts and prayers for the wounded congressman.

The American Hospital Association defines "critical" condition as: "Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits".

Bailey was spotted Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.

Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured.