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Shot congressman Steve Scalise off the critical list

The House Majority Whip underwent several surgeries after the shooting. The Metairie Republican is even speaking as he recovers from being shot in the hip Wednesday during an attack on him and congressional staffers.U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives, showed further improvement days after being shot by a man who opened fire on lawmakers at a baseball practice earlier in the week, his lead surgeon said in a statement on Saturday.Scalise’s surgeon says he can hope to make an “excellent recovery”, despite being at risk of death when he arrived at the hospital. “The Scalise family greatly appreciates the outpouring of thoughts and prayers”, the hospital wrote, “on behalf of the Scalise family”.The update comes just one day after a doctor told reporters here that Scalise is not only expected to walk again but “hopefully run” some time after he is released from the hospital.The bullet struck Scalise in the hip, and traveled across his body, shattering bones and passing through internal organs, causing major internal bleeding. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital “for some time” and would need “a period of healing and rehabilitation” after being discharged. Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement.”While we know there will be hard and challenging days ahead for Matt and our family, the phsycians and specialists at Matt’s side expect a full recovery”, the statement said.The gunman, James T. Hodgkinson, was fatally shot by police.Ms Griner remains in hospitali at MedStar after being shot in the ankle and Mr B ailey was spotted on Friday in the Capitol, on crutches and out of uniform, accepting congratulations from fellow officers.