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Scalise undergoes more surgery and will require ‘additional operations’

Sava said Scalise’s vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse and breathing, had stabilized since he was shot, but he emphasized that the 51-year-old congressman would require further surgery.”To think that somebody would come and literally, try to shoot up and kill, a group of members of Congress, who were trying to practice for a baseball game, for charity to help the community for which they live is atrocious”, Neal said.The game, a charity match between teams of Democrats and Republicans played almost every year since 1909, usually draws about 10,000.CNN had issued no acknowledgment or apology for its original tweet before this story was posted.First, Democrats and Republicans gathered around second base to pray at the spot where Rep. Scalise was shot.His aide, Zack Barth, who was shot by the Virginia assailant, walked across the field on crutches. U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who visited Scalise in the hospital Thursday, said that on a recent foreign trip he and Scalise took, 90 percent of their conversations were about the game.Police special agent David Bailey, injured in the shooting Wednesday in an Alexandria, Va., park, threw out the ceremonial first ball after it was presented to him by Joe Torre, former manager of the New York Yankees.It’s a visible reminder of the attack that’s bridged political parties, even as the game goes on. Each side knelt on the field before the game began.Dr. Jack Sava of MedStar Washington Hospital Center said it’s a “good possibility” that the Louisiana Republican will be able to return to work in his full capacity.The nation, at least for one night, put aside their differences to watch some baseball. “It’s about Republicans and Democrats”.Richmond compared Scalise to a “little Chihuahua” because he is “very persistent and strong”, adding that he would miss the Republican’s banter at the game. The hospital also said it will continue to provide periodical updates. “The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding”, according to a statement Scalise’s office released by MedStar Washington Hospital Center.The congressional game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill, is a rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington.Once a relatively cosy affair, played at a minor league ballpark in Maryland, the game has gone big time in recent years and has been played at Nationals Park, just a few streets from the Capitol.”This is a game that’s been going on for a hundred years”.”I think anybody that ever played baseball, the dream was to play in a major league stadium”, Richmond said previous year.It is one of the most anticipated events of summer at the Capitol, with Democrats and Republicans splitting the 79 games that have been played over the years 39-39, with one tie.