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Rep. Scalise’s Condition Upgraded to ‘Serious’

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Jack Sava, the hospital’s director of trauma, said Friday.The attack happened around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning at the Eugene Simpson Stadium Park where lawmakers were practicing for a congressional charity baseball game. Doctors didn’t address what organs were damaged.A statement released by the MedStar Washington Hospital Center said Scalise’s condition had been upgraded, and that he was now listed as serious, rather than critical. “I want to take a moment and send our thoughts, love and prayers to Congressman Steve Scalise and his entire family”.Hospital officials said it is hard to predict how long the congressman will be in the hospital, but that he is expected to be able to walk and hopefully run after a period of rehabilitation.Scalise has endured more than one surgery since then and his doctors expect that more are in the offing as they ensure the congressman does not have an infection as a result of the gunshot wounds.Sava said infection remains a risk.He refused to detail Scalise’s injuries, but said that he would guess 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 of looking for them.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.The man who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others at a congressional baseball practice this week had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers.On Thursday evening the hospital announced that Scalise had another surgery related to his internal injuries and a broken bone in his leg.During the baseball practice on Wednesday, a gunman opened fire, injuring Scalise, congressional staffer Zach Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika and two members of the Capitol Police force, Crystal Griner and David Bailey. That’s why Democrats’ and Republicans’ decision to go ahead with their baseball game on Thursday in Washington is so welcome.They came from all over the country Thursday night to watch congressmen play a game that they have played for more than 100 years – the congressional baseball game pitting Republicans against Democrats for charity at Washington Nationals Stadium. On Friday, Bailey was spotted back in the Capitol building, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.