Doctor: Congressman remains in critical condition; can't remove all bullet fragments
WASHINGTON - Doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital, where Rep. Steve Scalise (R- Louisiana) remains in critical condition, said he'll need more surgery.
On Wednesday, he underwent procedures performed by two teams of doctors.
Dr. Jack Sava, the director of trauma for the hospital, said Scalise was initially awake at scene but went into shock when he was transported from the baseball field Wednesday in a shooting that left four others injured.
It took a number of units of transfused blood to keep Scalise alive, as the transpelvic gunshot wound he sustained penetrated bones, internal organs and blood vessels.
He said of the wound, "there are hundreds of fragments and usually there's more risk involved" to remove all of them from the congressman.
Sava said doctors were eventually able to reduce sedation in order to have the congressman see and speak to family members.
"I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility," said Dr. Sava.
Crystal Griner, a special agent with the Capitol Police who suffered a gunshot wound in the attack was listed in good condition and spirits.
Scalise's chief of staff, Brett Horton, read a statement from the congressman's wife Jennifer who expressed her gratefulness to the security officers who saved her husband and others' lives that day.