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. They also had to remove Ortiz’s gallbladder to work on the liver, though the gallbladder itself was not damaged.
Gonzalez said during a Monday news conference that he anticipates Ortiz making a full recovery with no restrictions. Asked about Ortiz’s qualify of life going forward, Gonzalez replied, “When he overcomes this, the same as before.”
Doctors approved Ortiz’s transfer to Boston on a plane sent to the Dominican Republic by the Red Sox.
Ortiz back in Boston, taken to local hospital
So grateful the Red Sox moved so quickly and flew Big Papi home to Boston. They will literally get him the best medical care in the world. It is an immense relief to know that.
So grateful for how quickly Eliezer Salvador got Papi to the hospital. It put a smile on my face to hear that he he apologized for hitting some cars along the way. Boston fans are also Boston drivers. It seemed fitting.
So grateful for the work of Dr. Gonzalez and his entire medical team for saving his life.
…And, the peanut gallery is sure it speaks for all of Red Sox nation in saying:
So appreciative of the folks who caught, beat, and ultimately spared the suspect so he could talk.