Wife Thanks ‘Hero’
Who Saved MLB Star’s Life
6/13/2019 9:04 AM PDT
David Ortiz‘s wife is shouting out the man who raced the MLB star to the hospital — crashing his own car in the process — in the wake of Sunday’s assassination attempt in the Dominican Republic.
“I want to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude 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 required. For that we are eternally grateful.”
Salvador runs a sports betting firm in the D.R. and was at the scene when Big Papi was shot Sunday night. When Ortiz went down, Salvador quickly put the legend in his own car and raced to the hospital because he didn’t want to wait for an ambulance.
Salvador says he raced at speeds of over 100 MPH and made the trip in under 7 minutes. He later made a social media video showing that he had David’s jewelry so the family wouldn’t worry.
Tiffany says the quick-thinking decision may have saved David’s life.
Ortiz’s wife also gave props to the doctors who worked on David.
“To the amazing surgeons, medical team, and staff at the Abel Gonzalez Clinic in the Dominican Republic, there are no words to express our gratitude for the amazing care you provided.”
‘Without you, our story could have had a tragic ending. You will forever be our guardian angels.”
As for David’s condition …
“David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care 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.”