Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise has returned to the intensive care unit at the MedStar Washington Health Center and has been downgraded from fair to serious condition, the hospital said Wednesday night in a statement.
Scalise was shot on June 14 when a gunman opened fire on a Republican Congressional baseball team practice in Arlington, Virginia. Four others were wounded before the gunman was fatally shot by Capitol Police officers.
Scalise was readmitted to the ICU after “new concerns for his infection,” the hospital said in the statement. MedStar said it would provide another update on his condition on Thursday.
Scalise as shot once in the hip and has undergone multiple surgeries. The bullet fired from a rifle tore through bones and internal organs, leading to critical injuries. He was moved out of the intensive care unit on June 23 and was “beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation,” the hospital said in a statement at the time.
On Tuesday, a day before Scalise’s condition deteriorated, his friend, Rep. Phil Roe, a Tennessee Republican, told WJHL-TV that Scalise, “had a very, very serious injury. He’s just out of bed. He’s not able to eat yet, but he is getting better.”
Dr. Jack Sava, who performed one of Scalise’s surgeries, told reporters at a press conference on June 16 that Scalise was in shock and “about as critical as you can be” when he arrived at the hospital after the shooting. Scalise was left bleeding in the outfield of the park where the GOP baseball team had been practicing until the gunman was taken out by police. He was then airlifted by helicopter to the medical center. By the time he arrived, the congressman was “at imminent risk of death,” Sava said.
Doctors had to address the excessive blood loss Scalise and active bleeding he had when he first arrived. He received “many units of transfued blood,” and after “truly amazing anesthesia care” and radiology, the medical team brought his bleeding under control.
Another victim, lobbyist and former Congressional aide Matt Mika, was also seriously injured. He was shot multiple times, including in the chest and arm. Mika was released from the hospital June 23, the Detroit Free Press reports.
“We are truly grateful for the compassionate, world-class care provided by the doctors, nurses and team at George Washington, and we will never forget and continue to be grateful for the heroism shown by the U.S. Capitol Police,” Mika’s family said in a statement. “We truly appreciate the prayers, words of encouragement and support from Matt’s friends, family and people across the nation and the world.”
Zack Barth, an aide to Texas Rep. Roger Williams, was shot in the calf and released from the hospital on the same day of the shooting. Williams was also briefly hospitalized after injuring his ankle while diving into the dugout after the shots rang out.
Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner was shot in the ankle and has also been released from the hospital. She and another officer, David Bailey, have been hailed as heroes for pursuing and taking down the shooter. Bailey suffered an undisclosed injury not caused by gunfire.
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