Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:40 pm
Rep. Scalise in fair condition after follow-up surgery
MIKE DeBONIS | Washington Post
WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., remained at a Washington hospital Thursday in fair condition after undergoing surgery related to the gunshot wound he suffered in June.
The Wednesday procedure was described as a "planned follow-up" to the series of surgeries Scalise underwent after the June 22 shooting, according to a statement from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
"He is likely to remain in the hospital for several days and will then continue his recovery at home," the statement said.
Neither the hospital nor Scalise's office released any details about the nature of the surgery.
Scalise was among a group of Republicans practicing that day in Alexandria, Virginia, for a charity baseball game when a politically motivated gunman, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, opened fire.
Scalise was seriously wounded in the hip, and doctors said that he was on the brink of death when he arrived at the hospital. He later suffered a serious infection that required further surgery.
After a period of rehabilitation, Scalise returned to work at the Capitol in late September and has been a fixture on the House floor ever since.
He uses a motorized wheelchair to move around the Capitol but is also able to walk slowly with the use of crutches. His rehabilitation has continued on an outpatient basis.
"I will remain fully engaged in my work as I heal from this procedure, and I look forward to returning to the Capitol as soon as I can within the coming weeks," Scalise said in a Tuesday statement.