Beloved David Ortiz stable after being shot in Dominican Republic

Elias Hubbard
June 12, 2019

Ortiz, after surgery in the Dominican Republic, was whisked by an air ambulance to Boston's world-renowned Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday night.

In the meantime, Ortiz is in intensive care in a Santo Domingo hospital following several hours of surgery last night.

The Boston Red Sox and fans pause for a moment for former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was shot Sunday evening in the Dominican Republic, before a baseball game against in Boston yesterday.

Ortiz since has undergone surgeries and was flown back to Boston where he arrived late Monday night. Surgeons there operated for six hours to fix damage to his intestines and liver, also removing his gallbladder. They also had to remove Ortiz's gallbladder to work on the liver, though the gallbladder itself was not damaged.

"Doctors say that David is out of danger, thank God", Ortiz's father, Leo Ortiz, told ESPN. He first underwent surgery at a hospital in the Dominican Republic, where "Big Papi" was born and raised.

A man who allegedly confessed to playing a role in the shooting was identified by police as 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia.

Police have two people in custody, the suspected shooter and the suspected driver of the motorcycle, a source close to the investigation told ESPN Deportes.

"Our institution has no link to the incident", the police said in a statement. Television host Jhoel Lopez was sitting with Ortiz and also suffered a gunshot wound, his wife told the Associated Press. But officially, police have acknowledged the arrest of only one suspect.

After rumors circulated on social media and in news reports that a Dominican police officer had been involved in the shooting, the Dominican National Police took the step of issuing a statement saying those reports were "categorically" false.

"We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts". "I pulled him towards me and then I pushed him into my vehicle". "Get well soon, Papi".

"He's a great friend to the city of Boston", Sheila Kieran said. He ranks 17th in major league history in career home runs.

Ortiz played for the Red Sox from 2004-16 and won three World Series with Boston in 2004, 2007 and 2013.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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