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Rep. Steve Scalise Readmitted To Intensive Care Unit

| by Michael Howard

Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise is back in intensive care as he attempts to recover from injuries sustained in a June 14 attack on a GOP baseball practice.

"Congressman Steve Scalise has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center due to new concerns for infection," the hospital said in a statement, according to ABC News. "His condition is listed as serious. We will provide another update tomorrow, July 6."

Scalise, the House majority whip, was shot when James Hodgkinson, 66, opened fire on Republican officials as they were practicing for the annual congressional baseball game. Five people were injured in the shooting; Hodgkinson was killed in a shootout with police.

The bullet that struck the 51-year-old Scalise hit him in his left hip and pierced through to his other hip. This caused "substantial damage" to his blood vessels, bones and several internal organs, according to CNN.

He arrived to the hospital in critical condition "with an imminent risk of death," Dr. Jack Sava said at the time.

Following a number of operations, doctors upgraded Scalise's condition from critical to fair and moved him out of the ICU toward the end of June, stating that he was "beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation."

Speaking to CNN, one of Scalise's aides said the setback is not entirely unexpected.

"From the start, the whip's doctors have made it clear that this will be a process with ups and downs, and this is in keeping with those expectations," the aide explained.

Republican lawmakers responded to the news by sending Scalise well-wishes on Twitter.

"Please join me in praying for [Steve Scalise] and his family tonight," Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger wrote, according to ABC News.

Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis wrote: "Thoughts are with [Steve Scalise's] family tonight as my friend Steve is readmitted to ICU. Steve, we are all praying for you. Get well soon."

"We are all praying for your quick and full recovery," Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy tweeted.

A few days before Scalise's condition worsened, Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe told ABC News that he and 150 of his colleagues sent Scalise a video message of encouragement.

"He's had a very, very serious injury," Roe said. "He's just out of bed. He's not able to eat yet, but he is getting better."

Roe added that he invited Scalise to accompany him to a football game between the University of Tennessee and Louisiana State University.

"I've invited him to the LSU-UT football game in November and, hopefully, he'll be well enough then."

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