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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) has been upgraded from critical condition to serious condition after several days and several surgeries have passed since Wednesday morning's shooting.

The Advocate reports:

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise is in serious condition, according to a news release from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

MedStar also confirmed previous reports that Scalise is showing signs of improvement — being more responsive and speaking with loved ones — following surgery Saturday.

WASHINGTON — Three days after he was shot in the hip by a high-velocity rifle, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise has regained consciousness and is able to talk softly, having spoken with his wife Saturday morning, according to two sources close to the congressman's family.

Medical staff also have removed a tube that had been inserted into Scalise's abdomen to prevent fluid from going into his lungs while he was sedated, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the congressman's medical status.

Scalise's staff shared a similar update:

MedStar Trauma Director Dr. Jack Sava said that the congressman is showing marked improvement:

“I feel a lot more confident and a lot more optimistic than I did two or three days ago. However, Scalise will certainly be in the hospital for a considerable period of time, presumably weeks.”

Despite guarded optimism from Sava, another of Scalise's doctors told the Advocate that he expects his patient to walk — and even run — once he's had time to fully recover.

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