Freak Baseball Injury Leaves Teen Fighting for Life

Jason Lockhart is son of former MLB player Keith Lockhart
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2017 3:14 PM CDT
Freak Baseball Injury Leaves Teen Fighting for Life

It was a freak accident on the baseball field, and one that seemed relatively harmless at first. But 15-year-old Jason Lockhart—son of former Atlanta Braves player Keith Lockhart—ended up on life support and faces more surgery this week, reports Fox Atlanta. His family says that during a game on June 17, Jason was crossing home plate to score a run when the catcher accidentally hit him in the face while throwing the ball back to the pitcher. Jason suffered a broken nose and needed stitches, but the situation worsened unexpectedly the following Monday. During a follow-up visit to the doctor, Jason's nose began bleeding profusely, and doctors couldn't stop it.

He was taken to the hospital (see an image here), where a CT scan revealed a fracture more severe than originally thought, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He had surgery to repair the fracture last Monday, but the following day doctors realized that the fracture had severed an artery. Unable to control the bleeding, they eventually put Jason in a "paralytic state." The teen had more surgery Sunday night and was to have another operation this week. His dad says doctors have found three sources of the bleeding and appear to have stopped the flow. More will be known Monday night or Tuesday; Jason's sister says the next surgery, originally scheduled for Monday, was being postponed to Tuesday. "Tired here but hopeful" is how his sister described the family's state Sunday night in a Facebook post. (More baseball stories.)

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