David Ortiz in Stable Condition after Shooting in the Dominican Republic
BOSTON - Fans of the Boston Red Sox, residents of Boston, and people all over the world were shocked this morning to wake up to news that David Ortiz, a former designated hitter for the Red Sox, was shot at a club in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Big Papi is reportedly in stable condition, but still in intensive care. His family has said that the 43 year old slugger is out of surgery and doing fine. This is definitely a relief and I certainly want to add my voices to the echo of fans, teammates, and more public figures who have offered support for Big Papi.
ESPN's Enrique Rojas learned from Ortiz's media assistant, Leo Lopez, that Big Papi is going to be okay in a statement that read, "Doctors say he is out of danger, but he is heavily sedated and will be in intensive care for the next twenty-four hours." Ortiz's father, Leo, also spoke to ESPN and said, "Doctors say that David is out of danger, thank God. What they have told me post-op is that the doctors believe he will recover quickly. Big Papi will be around for a long time.''
According to local authorities, Ortiz was shot in the back at the Dial and Bar Lounge in the Dominican. He was immediately rushed the Abel Gonzalez clinic and he was in surgery for six hours. Initial reports said Ortiz was shot in the leg, but it was later confirmed that he was shot in the abdomen as doctors removed parts of Ortiz's gallbladder, colon, and intestines.
The shooter was identified by local authorities and was found and assaulted by a crowd at the club. He was later treated for the injuries he sustained and released into police custody. The motive for this shooting remains unknown. Two other people were wounded in the attack, including one unidentified person and Jhoel Lopez, a local television personality. Both of these injuries were reportedly not life threatening.
When it comes to people with generous, caring hearts and the kinds of personalities you just want to be around, Ortiz is unparalleled. A towering figure in the Dominican, in Boston, in baseball, and in the entire world, he is beloved and treasured by many. David Ortiz will definitely be in my thoughts and the thoughts of so many others as we wish him a speedy recovery. You can't keep Big Papi down.
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