By Dave Andrusko
Six weeks after he was shot while practicing for a charity softball game, pro-life House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was released Tuesday from MedStar Washington Hospital Center to an unclosed location for “intensive inpatient rehabilitation.” The announcement came today.
Scalise was the most seriously hurt of five people injured June 14 when a man opened fire. “The 51-year-old congressman was struck in the hip, and the bullet tore into blood vessels, bones and internal organs,” KWCH reported. “He has had several surgeries.”
The others who were hurt included two members of the Capitol police force– Crystal Griner and David Bailey– Zach Barth, a congressional aide to Texas Rep. Roger Marshall, and Matt Mika, lobbyist for Tyson Foods and a former congressional staffer.
When he was first admitted, the hospital said Scalise was at “imminent risk of death.” After making progress, on July 5, he was readmitted to the intensive care unit because of concerns about infection.
As noted in the hospital statement reproduced below, Scalise (R-La.) has made “excellent progress” and the six-term congressman was described as “in good spirits and looking forward to his return to work once he completes rehabilitation.”
At the time of the shooting, NRLC President Carol Tobias asked for prayers and remarked, “Steve is not just a friend to the pro-life movement and strong ally of National Right to Life. He is one of us. Saving babies is at the top of his priority list. He is one of the most dedicated and effective pro-life people in Congress. We pray for healing and hope to see him back in his role as Majority Whip soon.”