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Scalise was close to death when he arrived at the hospital: doctor

20 Juin 2017

Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, talks about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, who was shot by a gunman during Congressional baseball practice earlier in the week in Alexandria, VA., June 16, 2017.

"He remains in critical condition, but has improved in the last 24 hours", reads a statement provided Thursday by MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the medical facility now treating Scalise.

Scalise is still in critical condition and faces several more operations, but doctors are "encouraged" by his progress. He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognize and communicate with his family, Sava said. "We have controlled his internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized", he added. The others wounded were a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist.

Doctor Sava described Scalise's shot to his left hip as a devastating "trans-pelvic gunshot wound" from a high-velocity rifle.

Since then, Scalise has undergone multiple surgeries and procedures to stop the bleeding and fix bone.

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While the congressman was still awake just after the shooting, he went into "shock" as he was transported via helicopter to the hospital, Sava said.

According to Sava, the bullet fractured upon entering Scalise's hip.

Sava estimates there are hundreds of bullet fragments in Scalise's pelvis and says doctors don't intend to try to remove them all, as that could cause more harm than good.

Scalise, 51, and three others were wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St. Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers.

Republican members of Congress played their Democratic colleagues in a charity game on Thursday night at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team, with thousands of spectators attending.

Scalise was close to death when he arrived at the hospital: doctor