After Scalise was shot in the hip, the bullet traveled through his pelvis, fractured bones and injured internal organs.
Those who knew Hodgkinson say he was unhappy with the political direction of the country but they never expected him to turn violent. Infection remains a considerable risk in the days and weeks during Scalise's extended hospital stay, Sava said.
Since then he has had more than one surgery and doctors expect he will continue to have more in the near future. Sava says Scalise has responded to family members while he's still under sedation.
"He's in some trouble, but he's a great fighter and he's going to be OK, we hope", the President said.
"Most of us would not even think to consider that a benign wound", Sava said.
Though Scalise was conscious at the scene after he was shot and his office said he talked to his wife before his first surgery, he was in shock by the time he arrived at the hospital, according to Sava.More news: KR Narayanan to RN Kovind - A tale of two Dalit Presidents
The president paid a visit to Scalise on Wednesday night.
Investigators said Hodgkinson had obtained his rifle and handgun from licensed firearms dealers, and Capitol Police said they had "no evidence to suggest that the purchases were not lawful". As I walk across the parking lot to the auto, a gentleman approaches me and says, 'Can you tell me, the team today, is that Democrats or Republicans?' I told him it was the Republicans and he said, 'OK, thanks, ' and turned around. Scalise remains in critical condition in a Washington, D.C. hospital following yesterday's early morning attack during a GOP team baseball practice in Arlington, Virginia. The game ball was handed to him by MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre, who said baseball "bring everybody together" despite their difference in opinion.
Leaders decided the game would go on as scheduled at Nationals Park in Washington, home of the city's professional baseball team, and the Democrats won, 11 to 2.
Medstar Washington Hospital Center released the update on behalf of the Scalise family.
In that awful crime, the country also witnessed the incredible heroism of the Capitol Police, he said, adding that Special Agent Crystal Griner - who he also met during his visit to the hospital - raced into gunfire, along with Special Agent David Bailey.