Scalise “continues to show signs of improvement”, MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement Saturday evening.
He underwent another surgery on Saturday at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the statement adds, and his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious.
“He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones”, the hospital’s most recent update read.
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 man who shot Scalise and others at the baseball practice had with him a piece of paper with doodles and the names of three lawmakers, according to a person familiar with the case. That social media and letters to the editor showed Hodgkinson to be an ardent liberal who hated congressional Republicans gave the attacks an terrible partisan overtone and inevitably led Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and others to blame it on the left’s harsh criticism of President Trump.
Hodgkinson, who was said to have been motivated by grievances against President Donald Trump and other Republican politicians, was carrying a list with the names of at least three lawmakers, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing law enforcement officials. The officials said Friday that the significance of the list was not known. Hodgkinson’s widow released a statement that she had “no idea” he was planning to carry out the attack and that he said he was headed to Washington D.C.to “work on taxes”. His physicians have indicated extensive hospital treatment will be necessary, followed by a period of rehabilitation.
The 51-year-old from the southern state of Louisiana was hit in the left hip by a bullet from a high-velocity rifle. He also suffered damage to a number of internal organs, which doctors have declined to discuss in detail.
FILE PHOTO – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol on May 4, 2017. The article even went on to quote a Democratic staffer who denied claims that Hodgkinson was known to be a volunteer for them during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Many members of the House and Senate from both major political parties spoke warmly this week about Scalise’s gregarious nature, and how well-liked he was by his peers.