MedStar Washington Hospital Center readmitted and downgraded the condition of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise to “serious” amid new concerns of infection. Rep. Scalise, 51, was shot in June at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park by a leftwing gunman.
“Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection,” the hospital said in a statement. “His condition is listed as serious. We will provide another update tomorrow, July 6.”
The House Majority Whip received several blood transfusions to combat blood loss and needed multiple surgeries after suffering a gun shot wound to his hip area.
Doctors were having trouble controlling post-trauma bleeding. MedStar Washington Hospital Center said his condition had steadily improved, though his recovery would be a difficult battle for him and his family.
Rep. Scalise was transferred out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Thursday, June 22 and remained in fair condition until today. Doctors warned of “an extended period of healing and rehabilitation.”
James Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Illinois, was identified as the man who shot the House Whip and three others–including Capitol Police special agent Crystal Griner, Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika and congressional staffer Zach Barth–as Republicans were practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game.
Hodgkinson, 66, a leftwing activist and supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was shot and killed by police during the attack. He carried a hit list containing the names of six Republicans.