Friday's HOT MIC
House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise was at "imminent risk of death" when he arrived at the hospital Wednesday, his doctor said at a news briefing Friday.
"When he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death," Dr. Jack Sava, director of trauma at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, said in a briefing on the congressman's condition. "He will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks."
However, Sava added that Scalise's condition had stabilized over the past two days, saying "an excellent recovery is a good possibility."
A single bullet traveled across Scalise's pelvis when he was shot Wednesday, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding, Sava said. He was transported in shock to the medical center.
Sava told reporters that "the round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs, and blood vessels. I understand he was awake on scene, but by the time he was transported by helicopter to the MedStar Trauma Center he was in shock."
Sava said the medical team has been able to control his internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized. He added that Scalise has been under sedation, but doctors have been able to reduce sedation to allow Scalise to talk to his family.
The congressman is expected to fully recover and be able to walk, according to Sava.