Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip who was critically wounded when a gunman opened fire at a congressional baseball team practice on June 14, said in his first interview since the shooting that his doctors “put me back together again.”
When the Louisiana Republican arrived at the hospital after being hit with a single bullet in the hip, he was at “imminent risk of death.”
“I found out later just how much damage was done internally,” Scalise told “60 Minutes” correspondent Norah O’Donnell in an interview that will air on Sunday. “My femur was shattered, the hip and pelvis had serious damage, where the bullet when through, and did some damage to areas that had to be shored up with steel plates.”
Scalise, 51, underwent several surgeries during two prolonged hospital stays and has been recovering at home and in inpatient rehabilitation since late July.
“They did a phenomenal job of rebuilding Humpty Dumpty,” Scalise said.
“They put you back together again,” O’Donnell said.
“They put me back together again,” Scalise agreed, laughing.
Scalise returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday for the first time since the shooting.
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