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David Ortiz details fear after being shot in Dominican Republic

Christopher Bumbaca

USA TODAY

Published 5:33 PM EDT Sep 14, 2019

David Ortiz made his triumphant return to public life earlier this week by throwing out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park. 

The reality is that months ago, however, Ortiz was sure his life would be permanently altered as a result of the June shooting that nearly took his life. In an exclusive interview with the Boston Globe, “Big Papi” detailed the attack at a bar in the Dominican Republic on June 9. 

Ortiz also expounded on his feelings throughout the ordeal. He recalls a “burning sensation” when he was shot, and gave thanks to a Good Samaritan who rushed Ortiz to a private hospital in his own car. 

“Please don’t let me die,” he remembers telling the hospital staff as they rolled him into surgery. “I have four children. I want to be with them.” 

The Red Sox transported Ortiz from the Dominican hospital to Massachusetts General in Boston after his initial surgery. There, Dr. David Kings, who completed the second operation on Ortiz, commended the work of the Dominican doctors that saved his life. 

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Three weeks after the second surgery, Ortiz contracted a serious bacterial infection that provided a setback in his recovery. He ran a high fever, could not keep any food down, and had to endure a third surgery. 

“I got to the point that I started losing hope,” Ortiz said.

“I had nightmares all the time about being in the desert, looking for water,” he added. “I would wake up with my mouth dry and feeling like I’m going to die.” 

Ortiz eventually turned the corner. He returned to his Boston area home roughly one month after the third operation. Teammates visited, and life began returning to normalcy. 

But Ortiz is still confused as to who wanted to harm him. As he seeks those answers, the Boston legend plans on returning to his role as a Fox Sports analyst this fall for the MLB playoffs. He expects a full physical recovery by Thanksgiving. 


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