Red Sox legend David Ortiz speaks out on his shooting and recovery

The baseball star said in the moments after he was shot in the Dominican Republic he told the doctor, "Don't let me die. I got kids. I want to be with them."
2:12 | 09/17/19

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We are back now with the latest on Boston red sox legend David Ortiz. Big Papi is speaking out taking us inside the night he almost lost his life thanking the doctors who saved him and sharing a message about appreciating life's every moment. Linsey Davis is here with more. Good morning, Michael. Yes, the three time world series champion says he is thankful to god for giving him a second opportunity in life. He says that he is still recovering and back to about 90% and calls it all being at the wrong place at the wrong time. David Ortiz, the man known by millions simply as big Papi revealing his vulnerable side, opening up three months after being shot at point blank range at a nightclub in the Dominican Republic. I remember being with my friend, having a drink, talking then all of a sudden I get shot. I was in the middle of a nightmare. Reporter: The retired red sox hitter recounting the moments after the shooting in vivid I remember telling the doctor don't let me die, you know, I got kids that I want to be with them. Reporter: Ortiz spent nearly seven weeks in the icu over the summer recovering from injuries to his liver and intestines. He says his recovery has been a struggle. Before I got my third surgery, I lost a little bit of hope. The doctors at mass general, they were amazing. Red sox hall of famer number 34, David Ortiz. Reporter: Last week Ortiz made his first public appearance since the shooting surprising fans at Fenway park throwing out the first pitch. I want to thank god for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be able to be here with all of you. I had learned your life can change in seconds, you know, and not only yours, you, your life and the people around you. Ortiz says while he respects the conclusion of Dr officials this was a case of mistaken identity he's also hired his own team to assist in the investigation and also said that for six weeks he couldn't eat or drink water but perked up as he told reporters that now he can eat anything and he is happy to report that he is crushing food again. This, what a stark difference. He said at one point he didn't know if he would live or die. Oh, my goodness. To see him doing so well.

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