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Scalise to Undergo Planned Surgery Related to Baseball Shooting

Recovery timetable unclear

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., center, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., arrive for a news conference after the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on November 29, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will undergo a planned surgery Wednesday as part of his recovery from injuries sustained last June from a shooting at a GOP congressional baseball team practice.

The operation will take place at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in D.C.

The Louisiana congressman missed more than three months last year after a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers in Alexandria, Virginia, on the eve of the annual Congressional Baseball game.

Scalise suffered severe internal organ damage when a bullet tore through his hip as he fled to right field.

He returned to Congress in a wheelchair in September but has recently been seen walking around the Capitol on crutches.

“I have been fortunate to make tremendous progress in my healing from last June’s shooting, and tomorrow I will undergo a planned surgery as part of my ongoing recovery process,” Scalise said in a statement Tuesday. “I am incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support and prayers I have received from friends and neighbors in southeast Louisiana, my colleagues in Congress, and wonderful people from all across the country.”

He also thanked his medical team for its care.

It is unclear exactly when Scalise will return to the Capitol after Wednesday’s operation, though he indicated he would at least be working from bed.

“I will remain fully engaged in my work as I heal from this procedure,” Scalise said in the statement, “and I look forward to returning to the Capitol as soon as I can within the coming weeks.”

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