Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition, able to speak to family

Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition, able to speak to family

Scalise upgraded to 'serious' condition, able to speak to family

Sava also said that Scalise will likely remain in the hospital for a "considerable period of time".

Scalise was shot in the hip while practicing for the Congressional baseball game on Wednesday morning.

Scalise was sedated, but the husband and father of two has been able to respond to his doctors and family.

On Friday, the hospital's director of trauma, Dr. Jack Sava, called Scalise's injury a "transpelvic gunshot wound" which had "fragmented, and caused significant damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels".

"We have no intention to remove all bullet fragments at this point", he said, noting that is common because finding and removing that many fragments is more risky than leaving them inside the body.

Sava also said Capitol Police Officer Crystal Griner, who was also transported to the MedStar facility is now, "in good condition and she's in good spirits".

The bullet hit Scalise in the left hip, then traveled to the other hip.

The president said that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".

Trump added that Scalise is "having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought" following the shooting Wednesday. His family said in a statement Saturday that Mika had undergone another operation and was expected to recover fully, according to NBC News.

The House Majority Whip underwent several surgeries after the shooting.

A spokeswoman for Capitol Police did not return CNN's request for comment. He was wounded when the attacker armed with a rifle and a handgun fired on Republican lawmakers who were preparing for Thursday's annual charity game against a team of Democrats.

The alleged gunman, James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, died shortly after the incident following a shoot out with police.

Doctors say representative Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, but they are encouraged by the progress he has made. With some "truly awesome anesthesia care", the team was able to control some of the bleeding and then transfer Scalise to radiology, where he underwent another procedure to control more bleeding, Sava said. "I'm prayerful he will pull through, and I hope he does", he said.