Jan 10, 2018 by Abigail Sanchez

House Whip Steve Scalise Asks For Prayers As He Goes Into Surgery Today

As part of his continuing recovery, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise will be having surgery today, for which he asks for your prayers. Scalise was injured in a shooting in June that targeted Republican officials.

During the Republican congress's baseball practice for the next day's game, a gunman fired dozens of shots, leaving Steve Scalise in critical condition.

The hospital released a statement saying that the Representative Scalise was shot in the hip and the bullet "traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding."

His injuries were treated in an emergency surgery, but additional surgeries were required for Scalise's full healing.

At the time, as Scalise himself recounted to his congressional colleagues, he experienced "an unbelievable sense of calm, knowing that at that point it was God's hands," even as he lay wounded on the field, praying.

"And I will tell you," Scalise said, "pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. He really did deliver for me and my family and it just gives you that renewed faith in understanding that the power of prayer is something you just cannot underestimate."

From the beginning of this, Scalise has always said, "I am definitely a living example that miracles really do happen." Yesterday he released a statement via Twitter that read, "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.

Scalise will remain hard at work throughout his recovery, and he looks forward to returning to D.C. as soon as possible.

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