On Thursday, GOP Rep. Steve Scalise, the GOP’s House Majority Whip who was at imminent risk of death after being shot in the hip and pelvis on June 14 at the GOP’s early-morning practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game, announced he would return to the floor of the House in the morning.
As The Washington Post has reported, the wound to Scalise’s pelvic region could have been fatal because that area includes the iliac blood vessels that include major arteries branching off from the aorta. According to Joseph V. Sakran, director of emergency general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, between 30% and 50% of injuries to the main iliac vessels result in death.
Scalise’s office issued a statement reading, “Starting today, Whip Scalise will be resuming his work at the Capitol, while also completing an extended period of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months.” Scalise is expected to participate in House votes Thursday morning and address his colleagues, according to a statement from his office.
Scalise has also conducted an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes to be aired Sunday; excerpts have been released in which Scalise describes the effects of being shot by James T. Hodgkinson, who opened fire on the GOP baseball team as it was practicing. Hodgkinson was killed in a gunfire exchange with police.
Speaking with 60 Minutes’ correspondent Norah O’Donnell, Scalise recalled:
I found out later just how much damage was done internally. You know, I mean, my femur was shattered. The hip and pelvis had serious damage where the bullet went through and, you know, did some damage to areas that had to be shored up with steel plates and then they did a phenomenal job of rebuilding, you know, kind of the, rebuilding Humpty Dumpty. I mean, there were, there was a lot of damage inside that had to get fixed.
“They put you back together again,” O’Donnell said. “They put me back together again,” Scalise replied.