David Ortiz undergoes more surgery in Boston after shooting

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2019

Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz underwent a second surgery at a MA hospital and is stable and resting after he was gunned down in the Dominican Republic.

Former Red Sox star David Ortiz took his first steps Tuesday following a second surgery after he was shot in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday.

Tiffany Ortiz stated Big Papi is "resting comfortably" after having a second surgery upon arriving in Boston on Monday. She also thanked the Red Sox organization and Ortiz's fans for their outpouring of support.

Dominican police said that 25-year-old Eddy Feliz Garcia got off a motorcycle and shot Ortiz in the back while Ortiz was at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo Sunday evening. His father Leo told reporters that his son was recovering.

"We are lucky to have incredible journalists that we have collaborated with for many, many years in the Dominican Republic, in particular Dionisio Soldevila [a sports editor with Periodico Hoy, a newspaper in the Dominican Republic] and Ortiz's friend and business assistant, Leo López".

Pedro went on to say Ortiz is like a brother to him. A team of surgeons, led by Dr. Abel Gonzalez, operated on Ortiz for six hours and repaired damage done by the bullet to both intestines and his liver. He retired after his 2016 season and lives part of the year in the Dominican Republican, where he is known to frequent the nightlife scene.

The Red Sox offered "all available resources" to help him recover and sent an aircraft to bring him back to Boston. A crowd of people managed to pull the driver off the motorcycle and beat him before police arrived.

Garcia was treated at a local hospital and released to police.

He also helped the Red Sox win championships in 2007 and 2013, capturing World Series MVP honors in the latter season. "We ask for privacy as David works towards recovery".

The Red Sox arranged for an air ambulance to transport Ortiz from the Dominican Republic to Boston. Ortiz maintains a home in Weston, on the outskirts of Boston.

He was hailed as a hero in Boston for rallying the city after the Boston Marathon bombing.

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