Doctors Upgrade Rep. Scalise's Condition To 'Serious'

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U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's condition has been upgraded from critical to serious as his health continues to show improvement, according to a statement from the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Four men, including Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist, were shot and wounded when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, opened fire on the lawmakers as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats.

The House of Representatives majority whip underwent another operation on Saturday, and the hospital said he was more responsive and speaking with his family.

Mr Mika's family said he was still in intensive care but was able to communicate through notes - and had signed the game ball from Friday's congressional baseball game.

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Scalise's trauma surgeon said Friday he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death.

Medical staff also have removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while he was sedated, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the congressman's medical status. He sustained "a single rifle shot to the left hip" that "travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding", the hospital said in a statement.

"I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two, three days ago", Sava said. Capitol Police officer David Bailey and Texas Rep. Roger Williams were also injured during the incident.

Trump added that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday. He has undergone additional surgery and doctors expect a full recovery. Griner remains hospitalized at MedStar Hospital after getting shot in the ankle, and Sava described her in good condition.

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