Yet more horrible news for House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise and his family: after an infection brought about by injuries sustained in a shooting last month, the Louisiana Republican has been transferred back to the ICU and underwent surgery to control its spread.
According to Fox News, Scalise’s condition was downgraded from “fair” to “serious” on Wednesday by doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he’s been hospitalized since his June 14 shooting on an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field.
He was transferred back to the ICU and underwent surgery to control the infection the next day.
Scalise was struck in the hip by gunman James T. Hodgkinson, who had specifically targeted Republican congressmen and aides. However, the bullet ended up tearing through both blood vessels and internal organs.
Doctors had warned his family that his recovery would have significant ups and downs, and sources said that doctors had warned Scalise was likely to suffer an infection due to his injuries.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center officials say that Scalise “tolerated the procedure well,” according to The New York Times. However, they wouldn’t disclose the type of surgery the congressman underwent or the kind of infection that he had contracted. It was Scalise’s third operation in three weeks, and the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives will likely have to undergo several more to repair broken bones and what The Times termed “extensive abdominal injuries.”
In a Thursday evening tweet, Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan voiced his support for his GOP colleague.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2017
“The whole country is pulling for you, Steve,” Ryan said.
Scalise had been upgraded to “fair” condition on June 21, one week after the attack. According to The Daily Caller, officials at MedStar said that the congressman was “beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Scalise family.
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