Doctors say Rep. Steve Scalise (skuh-LEES') remains in critical condition at a Washington hospital but is improving.
His risk of death is "substantially lower" than it was when he was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday, and "I think that an excellent recovery is a good possibility", Sava said.
MedStar said in a statement Friday that Scalise was in critical condition but had showed signs of improvement. Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement.
Scalise was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged. "The round fragmented and did substantial damage to bones, internal organs and blood vessels". He remains sedated but has been able to respond to his family.
Griner remained in the hospital in good condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle, according to a Friday update.
Doctor: Scalise still critical but vital signs stabilized
During the baseball practice on Wednesday, a gunman opened fire, injuring Scalise, congressional staffer Zach Barth, Tyson Foods lobbyist Matt Mika and two members of the Capitol Police force, Crystal Griner and David Bailey.
His family said they appreciate the support they've received from lawmakers and the president, and are thankful for the bravery of the special agents.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told CNN's Jake Tapper on "Erin Burnett OutFront" that despite party affiliation they were both on "Team Scalise" on Thursday.
Scalise sustained serious injuries as the bullet traveled through his pelvis and injured internal organs.
The Congressional Baseball Game, an annual tradition, went on as planned Thursday.
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