By the time he arrived after being airlifted to the hospital, he was in shock. Although "infection is a significant risk", the physician said, "an excellent recovery is a good possibility". Sava said that after being released from the hospital, Scalise "will require a period of healing and rehabilitation".
The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said.
Scalise will need more operations for his injuries, but doctors can't yet predict how many are necessary.
The doctor said Scalise has been sedated although the dosage has been turned down to allow him to respond to family members.
Doctors "fully expect him to walk", Sava said, "and hopefully run".
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Adam Schiff (D-CA) suggested it could lead Congress to re-establish an independent counsel statute and reappoint Mueller. Even if Trump did want to fire Mueller, it is far from clear that he would be able to do so - at least not very easily.
Mr Scalise, a police officer, a congressional aide and a lobbyist were wounded on Wednesday when a man identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, from the St Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois, opened fire on the lawmakers as they practiced for an annual charity baseball game between Republicans and Democrats. The rifle blast left possibly hundreds of bullet fragments that the doctor said will not likely be removed.
"I was surprised by some of the reports also", Sava said. The president's meaning was not entirely clear, but Trump went on to say that "Because of him and the tremendous pain and suffering he's now enduring - and he's having a hard time, far worse than anybody thought - our country will perhaps become closer, more unified, so important". "We all owe Steve a big, big thank you".
The FBI and the Alexandria Police Department said in a joint statement Thursday that federal authorities had examined the rifle and handgun recovered from the scene and determined that Hodgkinson had bought them from licensed sellers.
Hodgkinson, who posted a slew of anti-Republican and anti-Trump posts on social media over the years, opened fire at the baseball practice in Alexandra, Va., injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and three others. Hodgkinson contacted both of his state's Democratic senators frequently, always through email links on their websites, spokesmen said Friday. He received multiple units of blood, said Sava, who declined to describe the exact nature of Scalise's internal injuries.
Griner and Bailey have been hailed as heroes after taking down the shooter.