Matt Mika of Michigan has reportedly been released from hospital. He was one of the five people who had sustained gunshot wounds in the Alexandra, Virginia shooting on June 14.
The shooting during a Republican basketball game had wounded at least five people including a Republican Congressman, Steve Scalise, who had sustained serious hip injury. The congressman is still not out of the danger despite multiple surgeries till now.
It is nothing short of miracle that Mika has been discharged from hospital so early. Initially, Mika, a lobbyist who grew up in Southfield, initially in critical condition after a gunman with an assault rifle opened fire during the June 14 practice.
His family released a statement saying, “We are truly grateful for the compassionate, world-class care provided by the doctors, nurses and team at George Washington, and we will never forget and continue to be grateful for the heroism shown by the U.S. Capitol Police…We truly appreciate the prayers, words of encouragement and support from Matt’s friends, family and people across the nation and the world.”
A GoFundMe page was launched to help raise funds for Mika’s family that may find it hard to fund his hospital expenses. Within a week’s time the page raised as much as $58,000. “Matt and his family continue to be overwhelmed with emotion for the support and outreach from you all. We ask that you also remember the heroes of that day…In addition to, or in lieu of, contributions for Matt and his family, we encourage everyone to contribute to Agent Crystal Griner’s GoFundMe. Matt and everyone else who was on the field that day were saved by Agents Griner and Bailey’s heroic actions.”
Mika is a well-connected man and is respected by many. Rep. Tim Walberg, who Mika worked for, told Politico that he considers Mika a “close friend.” “As a former baseball player, he was volunteering at this morning’s practice to help the congressional team get ready for the game…This is deeply personal and Sue and I are praying for Matt as he receives medical attention”, says Walberg. His Linkedin page says that he works for Tyson Foods. He works as a Director of Government Relations. He’s been there for over six years. He describes his job as “handling both state and federal issues, including issues related to the Farm Bill and the Committees on Agriculture.”