BOSTON - It's been 49 days since June 19, when Boston Red Sox slugger and all-time baseball great David Ortiz was shot in the Dominican Republic. Thanks to the quick actions of patrons at the club he was at, the skill of the doctors who treated him in the Dominican, and the immediate response from the Boston Red Sox to fly Ortiz back to Boston, Ortiz's has recovered from his life-threatening injuries. And now, after almost seven weeks in the hospital, Ortiz has finally been released.
Due to the impact of the gunshot and the complications that stemmed from it, Ortiz was forced to undergo three separate surgeries to make corrections, including a surgery that occurred two weeks ago to further help Ortiz in his recovery.
The Red Sox and Ortiz's wife, Tiffany Ortiz, are expected to release another statement in the coming week that updates fans on the progress of Ortiz and his recovery, but family sources have reported to ESPN's Enrique Rojas that Ortiz is slated to undergo a full rehabilitation procedure. Part of this endeavor will include full-time nurses and physicians in attendance at Ortiz's home for the foreseeable future.
While the story of Ortiz's recovery has been fairly straightforward, the story of why he was shot is much less clear. Currently, Dominican police say that Ortiz was the victim of mistaken identity, and his friend was the intended target of a hit. However, a blockbuster piece by Sports Illustrated paints a different, and far more complex picture. And with 14 people currently arrested for the crime, there's no telling what new details we could learn any day now.
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