Rep. Steve Scalise undergoes surgery for 'deep tissue infection' from bullet wounds

Washington Post

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise had another operation Thursday as he continues to try to recover from being shot during an ambush of a Republican baseball team practicing on a Virginia field last month, his family said.

Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, is at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He "underwent surgery for the management of deep tissue infection related to his bullet wounds," said a statement from his family released by the hospital.

"He is in fair condition, and will require careful monitoring to see if and when further interventions are necessary," the statement said.

Scalise, 51, was wounded on June 14 when 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire at a GOP team practice in Alexandria. Hodgkinson, a volunteer for Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., during his 2016 presidential campaign, was then killed by police.

Scalise, who a doctor said was at "imminent risk of death" when he was first admitted to the hospital, had several surgeries before being released from the Intensive Care Unit. However, he was readmitted on July 5 in serious condition because of concerns about infection.

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