Republican Congressman Steve Scalise’s wife Jennifer just released the following update on her husband’s condition following his shooting this week by a deranged Bernie Sanders supporter.
Statement from Jennifer Scalise: pic.twitter.com/UaA9PZSbQz
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) June 16, 2017
On behalf of Steve and our children, I want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible amount of prayers and warm wishes we have received since Wednesday’s events.
We are especially appreciative of the strong outpouring of love and support from our neighbors, friends, from Louisiana and across the country, as well as from President Trump, Vice President Pence, and all of Steve’s colleagues who have reached out to us during this most challenging time.
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. Crystal and David have been family to us for years, and we ask that you continue to pray for their full recovery.
I would also like to personally thank all of the first responders who bravely assisted at the scene, as well as the entire staff of MedStar Washington Hospital Center for their continued excellent care.
Our family asks that you continue to pray for Steve, Matt Mika, Zach Barth, and all of those hurt in this attack, and keep them in your thoughts as they face recovery.
Rep. Scalise remains in critical condition according to doctors, but his risk of death is “substantially lower” than it was when he was rushed to the hospital:
“We have controlled his internal bleeding and his vital signs have stabilized. He will require additional surgeries to manage abdominal injuries and bone injuries,” Dr. Jack Sava told reporters.
Sava added that Scalise’s condition was dire immediately after suffering the gunshot wound. “I would say that when he arrived, he was in critical condition with an imminent risk of death,” he said.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Rep. Scalise for a full recovery, and with his family, that God grant them comfort and strength through this unthinkably difficult time.