The annual tradition of the game took on new significance after a gunman shot Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise and four others at a Wednesday practice for the game in Alexandria, Va. The round did substantial damage to bones, internal organs, and blood vessels according to Sava.
"He was as critical as you can be when he came in", Dr. Jack Salva, with MedStar Hospital Washington Center, said during a news conference Friday. Yet, his status remains critical and he requires additional operations.
Because the bullet shattered, there may be hundreds of fragments in Mr Scalise's body and doctors do not intend to try to remove them all, Dr Sava said.
Scalise's trauma surgeon said Friday he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death.
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- An active investigation is still being conducted at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia a day after a man shot and wounded House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, a Capitol Police officer, and a current and former congressional aide.
The president says that because of the "tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring. our country will perhaps become closer, more unified".
"Most importantly, we are forever grateful for the heroism of Special Agents Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who saved the lives of everyone at the baseball field that morning, including Steve's", Scalise's wife, Jennifer, said in the statement.
In a statement Saturday, Matt Mika's family says he will remain in the intensive care unit at George Washington University Hospital at least through the weekend.
"The Congressional Baseball Game has never been about Republicans against Democrats", said Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., in an opinion piece he wrote for CNN. The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, was fatally shot in a firefight with police. Griner remains in the hospital, but Sava said she is "in good condition" and "in good spirits".
Scalise was reported to have been tended to by Rep. Brad Wenstrup of OH, a US Army Reserve doctor who served in Iraq, before his treatment at the hospital.
Williams, a Republican coach who injured his leg and ankle while diving for cover during the shooting, also said it was important to play ball as planned.