Wounded Congressman Thanks Podiatrist for Saving His Life


Rep. Steve Scalise, the House Republican whip who was shot in June at a congressional baseball team practice, returned to Capitol Hill on September 28 for the first time since being seriously wounded and said his prayers had been answered during his recovery process.

Scalise thanked God and his wife as well as the Capitol Police officers and doctors who saved his life.

Scalise used his speech to highlight the lifesaving work of one of the unheralded players in the shooting incident: Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a backbench lawmaker in his fifth year in office — and a former combat surgeon with a Bronze Star from his Army tours in Iraq.

A podiatric physician (a.k.a podiatrist) Wenstrup rushed to Scalise’s side on June 14, applying tourniquets to keep blood loss down until he could be flown to a trauma center. As Scalise led a standing ovation for Wenstrup, the Ohio Republican darted across the floor and into his friend’s arms, both lawmakers near tears.

(Source: Daniella Diaz │ CNN [9/28/2017])