House Majority Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition following a gunshot wound he suffered on Wednesday morning, but he has improved over the past 36 hours, his surgeon said on Friday.
“We have controlled his internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized. He will require additional surgeries to manage abdominal injuries and bone injuries,” Dr. Jack Sava told reporters.
Sava added that Scalise’s condition was dire immediately after suffering the gunshot wound. "I would say that when he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death," he said.
Scalise was wounded when a gunman opened fire on Republican congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday morning, injuring multiple people before being shot himself and later dying.
The Louisiana congressman was shot in the hip and has required multiple surgeries after the bullet hit bone and internal organs, causing significant bleeding and substantial damage.
Sava said Scalise’s doctors fully expect him to walk again but that he will remain in the hospital for a "considerable period of time," presumably weeks.
He added that Scalise’s "risk of death right now is substantially lower than when he came in. And certainly whatever you think of the word critical, he was as critical as he could be when he came in."