Scalise: Surgeries After Shooting Were Like ‘Rebuilding Humpty Dumpty’

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise praised his doctors in his first interview since being shot at during practice for an annual congressional baseball game, describing his brutal gun shot wound and recovery like “rebuilding Humpty Dumpty.”

“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 … Humpty Dumpty. I mean, there were, there was a lot of damage inside that had to get fixed,” Scalise told CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a preview of their interview, which airs Sunday night.


Scalise is still re-learning the ability to walk after spending several weeks fighting for his life and battling multiple infections at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Six weeks after the shooting, he was transferred to a Washington, D.C., rehabilitation center, where he has been for months. (RELATED: Scalise Will Appear On ’60 Minutes’ To Discuss Gruesome Congressional Shooting)

“I found out later just how much damage was done internally. You know, I mean, my femur was shattered,” Scalise said.

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