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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Latest: Majority Whip Steve Scalise out of surgery, remains in 'critical condition,' hospital says

June 19, 2017
In The News

U.S. Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, was shot in the hip by a rifle-wielding gunman Wednesday at a GOP congressional baseball team practice just outside of Washington.

Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, of Alto, also is physician. He has no knowledge of Scalise’s wounds other than what has been reported in the media. But when asked, Abraham said that a gunshot wound to the hip region can be very serious.

“The hip area is a very busy place with nerves, blood vessels and those types of structures that are vital to life,” Abraham said. “Did the projectile break the hip bone going in? Did it sever a blood vessel? Did it take a nerve out? Those are the things his doctors, and he is being treated by some of the best in the world, are looking for.”

Abraham said it could take weeks for Scalise to recover. “He may not be at a full speed for a while, but as you well know, full speed for the rest of us is three quarters speed for Steve,” Abraham said.

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