Jennifer Scalise, the wife of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), released a statement Friday thanking supporters for an "incredible amount of prayers" two days after Scalise was shot during a congressional GOP baseball practice.
Scalise was shot in the hip, with the bullet tearing through his pelvis and injuring internal organs. He received multiple units of blood, said Sava, who declined to describe the exact nature of Scalise's internal injuries.
MedStar Washington Hospital Center Director of Trauma Dr. Jack Sava leaves a news conference in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, about the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. who was shot in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, during a congressional baseball practice. Politico reported Thursday that a lobbyist for Tyson Foods who was also shot Wednesday, Matt Mika, remains in critical condition and will require additional surgeries, his family said Thursday.
According to Sava, the bullet fractured upon entering Scalise's hip.
The surgeon on Friday said he was "a lot more confident and optimistic" about Scalise's recovery than he was two days ago.
Sava said infection remains a risk.
The crowd started clapping and chanting United States of America after the first pitch was thrown by injured Capitol Police Officer David Bailey, one of the two officers on the congressman's security detail who've been credited with saving his life and potentially many others.More news: North Korea: US officials seized diplomatic package at JFK
Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media.
As Scalise continued his grueling recovering, law enforcement officials proceeded with their investigation of the Wednesday attack at a suburban Virginia park, where shooter James Hodgkinson wounded several other people in addition to Scalise.
President Donald Trump said Friday that Steve Scalise "took a bullet for all of us".
"The game will go on", he said, adding that that the attendees and the members of Congress playing are showing the world that we will no be intimidated by threats.
The president's meaning was unclear as he made the comments at an event on Cuba policy in Miami. Hospital staff told CBN News he will likely undergo more surgeries. Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful".
Sava later told The Associated Press that Scalise's care is on track for someone with such a severe injury but that he still faces many risks to recovery.
Republicans and Democrats joined in a spirited, friendly rivalry at their annual Congressional Baseball game, many fresh from the penetrating horror of the ballfield shooting rampage a day earlier and all playing in honor of their grievously wounded colleague. He's been undergoing repeat surgeries.