Steve Scalise returns to Capitol

Last Updated Sep 28, 2017 10:24 AM EDT

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is returning to the Capitol Thursday morning for the first time since he was shot and gravely wounded as he practiced with the GOP congressional baseball team in June.

In statement released by Scalise’s office, the Whip will reportedly “participate in this morning’s vote series and address his colleagues on the House floor in his first public appearance since the shooting.”

They report that this will be his only public appearance today and for the remainder of the week.

Whip Scalise will be resuming his work at the Capitol, while also completing an extended period of out-patient rehabilitation over the coming months.

The Louisiana congressman was in critical condition and in imminent risk of death after the shooting. The bullet that struck him entered his left hip and caused injuries to numerous internal organs. Scalise was released from the hospital in late July after several surgeries and went through intensive inpatient rehabilitation afterwards.

This morning, he tweeted a photo of himself standing on The Hill with the simple message, “I’m back.”

He spoke to CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell in his first interview since the shooting, and talked about the extent of his injuries.

“I found out later just how much damage was done internally,” Scalise said. You know, I mean, my femur was shattered. 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, you know, kind of the, rebuilding’ Humpty Dumpty. I mean, there were, there was a lot of damage inside that– that had to get fixed.”

In a tweet Thursday morning, O’Donnell shared a photo of Scalise with his colleague Speaker Paul Ryan an emotional embrace.

The interview will be broadcast on “60 Minutes,” Sunday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT.

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Source: CBS News – Politics

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