Former Red Sox player David Ortiz is out of intensive care two weeks after a gunman shot him in his native Dominican Republic, his wife says.
“Earlier this week, David underwent a third surgery for complications resulting from his gunshot wound,” Tiffany Ortiz said. “The operation was performed by Dr. David King at Massachusetts General Hospital. David is recovering well and is in good spirits.”
A gunman shot Ortiz in the lower back on June 9 while he was sitting on a crowded bar patio in Santo Domingo. The bullet passed through Ortiz, perforating his intestines and internal organs. It then hit his friend, TV talk-show host Jhoel Lopez, in the leg.
Following surgery in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was flown to Boston, where he underwent a second operation.
A friend of Ortiz – who shared a table with him at a patio bar in Santo Domingo – was the target of the bungled hit, Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez Sanchez said last week.
Several people have been arrested, including Victor Hugo Gomez Vasquez, the alleged mastermind of the plot.