Scalise ally, a Dem, leads fight to boost lawmaker security

Congressman loaded into air ambulance
Congressman loaded into air ambulance
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26 June, 2017

"He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding", the statement said. He has been sedated, but has been brought out of sedation periodically and been able to recognize and communicate with his family, Sava said.

President Trump urged Americans on Thursday to pray for Rep. Steve Scalise as he fights for life a day after being shot on a baseball field.

If Scalise did not suffer nerve damage and his recovery continues without any complications, "it is possible that within three months or so, he can.be back on his feet", said Dr. Alex Jahangir, an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who was not involved in Scalise's care.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at Wednesday's practice and gave medical help after the shooting, said it would have "been awful" if the game had been canceled, and said Scalise would want it to go on.

The president says that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring ... our country will perhaps become closer, more unified". Check out a live stream of the game, held at Washington Nationals Park, in the embedded video below, courtesy of C-SPAN.

The Friday visit announced by Ryan's staff comes with Scalise in critical condition at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding and "an imminent risk of death", Sava said. It was his 11th time suiting up for the game, but he says this game was different.

Scalise had been fielding balls at second base when he was shot and then dragged himself away from the infield in a trail of blood.

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Congressional members decided Wednesday that the game would be played Thursday as scheduled, with one change.

The 2017 Congressional Baseball Game will be played Thursday evening.

"Tonight we're all team Scalise", House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said. The stadium projected a rare sense of unity in Washington, as members of both parties rallied together after the shocking shooting that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) in critical condition.

Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, said one of his staff members was shot and is receiving medical attention.

Rep. Scalise was shot during baseball practice with the GOP team early Wednesday morning after a man approached the field and opened fire.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "are aware of the developing situation in Virginia".

Speaking today from the White House, President Trump said Scalise's condition- initially announced as "stable" - was "much more hard that people even thought at the time".

Members of the US Congress took part in the traditional Republicans vs Democrats baseball game on Thursday, with many wearing hats to honour Steve Scalise, the congressman who was critically wounded by a gunman as his team practised a day before.


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