Shot Con­gress­man mak­ing full re­cov­ery

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

US Con­gress­man Steve Scalise can hope to make an “ex­cel­lent re­cov­ery,” his trauma sur­geon has de­clared, even though the politi­cian ar­rived at the hos­pi­tal at im­mi­nent risk of death af­ter be­ing shot at base­ball prac­tice.

In his first pub­lic com­ments since the shoot­ing, Dr Jack Sava of MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­tre, said it was a “good pos­si­bil­ity” that the Louisiana Repub­li­can will be able to re­turn to work in his full ca­pac­ity.

Dr Sava de­clined to put a time­line on when that would hap­pen or when Mr Scalise, 51, would be able to leave the hos­pi­tal.

The doc­tor de­scribed how a bul­let from an as­sault ri­fle ent- ered Scalise’s hip and tra­versed his pelvis, shat­ter­ing blood ves­sels, bones and in­ter­nal or­gans.

Mr Scalise re­mains in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion in in­ten­sive care.

He was wounded when gun­man James Hodgkin­son opened fire at a base­ball prac­tice for Repub­li­can politi­cians on Wed­nes­day morn­ing. Po­lice shot and killed the gun­man.

Con­gress­man Steve Scalise.

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