Dr. Mallika Marshall On David Ortiz’s Injuries, Road Ahead

BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox say David Ortiz’s condition is stable enough that the club is flying him back to Boston for treatment of his gunshot wound.

According to UpToDate, the mortality rate for a single gunshot wound to the abdomen in about 7-percent, though getting shot in the back and having the bullet pass through the abdomen can be more complicated.

The organs most likely injured with a gunshot wound to the abdomen are the small intestine followed by the colon and then the liver.

Doctors removed Ortiz’s gallbladder and part of his intestine after he was ambushed by a gunman in the Dominican Republic. His liver was also damaged.

The extent of organ damage depends on the speed of the bullet and the distance of the bullet from the patient.

Patients often go straight to the operating room so that surgeons can open…

Original published: 2019-06-10 16:10:13 Read the full Boston News here

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