Good News on Scalise's Condition

Wounded congressman is more responsive, upgraded to 'serious'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2017 11:33 AM CDT
Good News on Scalise's Condition
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

On Friday, the doctors caring for wounded congressman Steve Scalise held a sobering news conference in which they explained that Scalise faced an "imminent risk of death" when he first arrived at the hospital. On Saturday night, the House whip's Twitter feed had much better news: He watched his alma mater, LSU, win a baseball game in the College World Series. “Steve is watching @LSUbaseball, rooting hard for a big Tigers win tonight!" read the tweet. It came as doctors announced that Scalise's condition had been upgraded from critical to serious.

He "continues to show signs of improvement," said a Saturday statement from MedStar Washington hospital. "He is more responsive, and is speaking with his loved ones." Previously, the doctors said the bullet that struck Scalise's hip had fragmented and done “substantial damage to bones, internal organs, and blood vessels,” per Politico. He has improved since, however. NPR notes that the others injured—Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner, lobbyist Matt Mika, and congressional aide Zach Barth—were recuperating well. (More Steve Scalise stories.)

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