America

Man who drove David Ortiz to the hospital describes holding his hand as they sped from the scene

Ortiz was at a bar in Santo Domingo on Sunday night when a gunman shot him in the back at close range. The bullet went through his stomach, leaving him in serious condition, local authorities said. Eliezel Salvador was sitting nearby when the gunfire rang out, he said, and he bundled up the former baseball player into his own vehicle as he struggled to breathe. They quickly headed to the hospital as he used one hand to drive and the other one to comfort Ortiz. "I was driving fast. He said, 'I'm having trouble breathing' and I said 'that's normal,'" Salvador told CNN affiliate WBZ-TV. "I said, 'keep breathing and don't talk too much. Give me your hand.' I gave him my hand. I drove with one hand. We hit a few cars on the way but we got there."As soon as they arrived, Ortiz was rushed into surgery and Salvador was left holding his blood-stained clothes, gold watch and jewelery, he said. He later handed them to Ortiz's father. "He was very grateful, I'm more grateful for David," Salvador told the affiliate." I hope he doesn't abandon us. This is his home, we all love him very much." Fans hold up signs showing support for former Red Sox player David Ortiz before the start of the game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on Monday.

Ortiz undergoes a second surgery

Ortiz was hospitalized in his native Dominican Republic for a day before the Red Sox sent a plane Monday to carry him to Boston. In Boston, he was admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he had a second surgery. His wife, Tiffany Ortiz, and their children watched him walk a few steps with help, family spokesman Leo Lopez said. Ortiz is stable and resting comfortably, and will be in intensive care for the next several days, his wife said in a statement released by the Major League Baseball club.Before he came to Boston, he had an initial surgery in the Dominican Republic, and suffered bleeding in his liver. He also had portions of his intestines and gallbladder removed, according to Lopez.

A second suspect is arrested

In addition to Ortiz, his friend, television host Jhoel Lopez, was also shot at the nightclub. A man captured by bystanders after the shooting appeared in court late Tuesday on a charge of being an accomplice to the attempted murder of the former baseball player.Eddy Vladimir Féliz Garcia was arrested Sunday night in connection with the shooting. Prosecutors asked that be held in custody for a year of pre-trial detention. But his defense attorney argued against it, instead requesting the judge postpone the decision so they could gather relevant evidence. The judge said he would rule on the Read More – Source

Related Posts