Michigan native Matt Mika, one of five people injured during last week’s shooting at the Republican team’s Congressional baseball practice, is expected to make a full recovery, his family reports.
In a statement released Saturday, Mika’s family said he has undergone additional surgery with positive results and would remain in the ICU at George Washington University Hospital at least through the weekend.
He continues to communicate with family members through notes and also signed the game ball used during the Congressional Baseball Game.
“While we know there will be difficult and challenging days ahead for Matt and our family, the physicians and specialists at Matt’s side expect a full recovery,” his family said.
The family wrote that Mika would appreciate contributions to the Capitol Police Memorial Fund, one of the designated charities at the baseball game, to honor the professionalism of the Capitol Police.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to raising funds for Mika and his family was created over the weekend and has raised nearly $ 7,000 as of Monday morning.
Mika, director of government relations for Tyson Foods, formerly worked as a legislative aide for Congressman Tim Walberg and former Congressman Dave Camp, and also worked in the Michigan House of Representatives.
He and four others – including House Majority Whip, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana – were injured when a man opened fire Wednesday morning on the baseball practice for the upcoming Congressional Baseball Game, a charity event that went on as scheduled Thursday evening.
The suspect, James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., traded gunfire with Capitol Police and later died of his injuries.
Mika is a graduate of Adrian College and earned a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.