Late last night and into the early morning hours, it was reported that Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz was hospitalized in his native Dominican Republic with a gunshot wound to his lower back.
Earlier reports indicated that Ortiz was in stable condition, but that doesn't mean he's necessarily out of the woods; Ortiz has been in intensive care dealing with organ damage, including the removal of part of his intestines, colon and gallbladder.
Despite that horrifying piece of news, Ortiz is still expected to recover quickly.
ESPN's Marly Rivera also reported that after speaking with Ortiz's agent, once he's fully stabilized, he'll be transferred to Boston for further treatment of his wounds.
Luckily, Big Papi is fully stabilized at the moment and is "out of danger," according to Ortiz's attending doctor.
ESPN has been informed that once he’s fully stabilized the family hopes to transfer him for further treatment in Boston. As of right now, his condition is still being categorized as “stable” and the attending doctor said “he’s out of danger.” That’s all we know as of right now. https://t.co/M4Qv1iUscQ— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
Because Ortiz is stable and in good enough condition to travel, according to Dr. Abel Gonzalez, the plan is for him to be moved to Boston soon, as the Red Sox plane is about to land in the Dominican Republic to pick him up.
David Ortiz update from @Enrique_Rojas1 who just arrived in the DR: Red Sox plane is about to land in the Dominican Republic. Medical authorities have authorized his transfer once the plane is ready for transport. “His condition is stable enough to travel,” per Dr. Abel González.— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) June 10, 2019
This is no small thing for the former World Series MVP. Ortiz has gone through a traumatic incident that almost cost him his life. All indications are he's eventually going to be fine after an invasive surgery, and what better place for his recovery to continue than Boston?