David Ortiz's wife on Thursday praised the "quick thinking" of a friend who rushed the former Red Sox into a hospital in a Rolls-Royce after being shot in a barbed hit job at a Dominican Republic bar. "I would like to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks and thanks to Eliezer Salvador, owner of Presidente Sports, for your quick thinking and swift action on Sunday night," Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement
"Your heroism and selflessness were the first steps to ensuring David could get the urgent care he needed. "
Salvador was the baseball legend known as" Big Papi "at a bar in Santo Domingo Sunday night when a gunman jumped off a motorcycle and blasted a bullet into Ortiz's back. Salvador hauled Ortiz into his riding car ̵
"I hit the front, I hit the back, "
" I told him, "You did not die on me."
Ortiz spent six hours in surgery in DR, where doctors had to remove his parts intestines, colon and gallbladder
"To the amazing surgeons, medical team and staff at the Abel González Clinic in Dominican Republic, there are no words to express our gratitude for the amazing care you provided," Tiffany Ortiz said.
He was flown to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on Monday and underwent a
"David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit following his second surgery. He continues to heal and make progress. David will continue to recover in the ICU and future updates on his condition will be provided when necessary, "she said.
Dominican authorities revealed Wednesday that they have detained six suspects in shooting – including the alleged gunman – was an attempted hit job performed for $ 8,000 promised. They have not provided a possible motive