Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Son of Ex-Padre on Life Support After Freak Baseball Accident

Son of Ex-Padre on Life Support After Freak Baseball Accident

The son of a former Atlanta Braves infielder is fighting for his life after getting hit in the face with a baseball during a tournament in SC.

Lockhart's son, 15-year-old Jason Lockhart, was playing in a SC baseball tournament on June 17 when he was hit by a ball as he crossed home plate, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The ball hit Jason in the face, breaking his nose, according to Atlanta news station WXIA.

Doctors initially believed Jason Lockhart - the son of retired Braves second and third baseman Keith Lockhart - suffered a broken nose and required stitches after being hit by a pitch last Saturday, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. Luckily doctors discovered the bleeding was just from Jason's nose and not his brain. The surgery will be to remove and replace the packing in his nose and make sure there are no other places where bleeding may occur.

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By the end of the week, Sydney wrote that Jason was placed on life support as doctors attempted to manage his bleeding.

A CT scan revealed there was a laceration of an artery in his nose, resulting in Jason being sedated for two days due to the pain.

Keith played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1994-2003, including six of them for the Braves.

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Jason's sister, Sydney, has been posting updates on her brother's condition since the accident on Facebook. But the surgery was postponed until Tuesday morning as doctors backed off medications and wanted to give his body time to adapt.

"We are truly shocked at how his story took off, but we feel the prayers. It's been insane", Sydney told 11Alive on Sunday.

Unable to control the bleeding, they eventually put Jason in a "paralytic state". They are hopeful that this is the source of the bleeding. Sydney told 11Alive that Jason was in surgery on Sunday, but he will likely be on the ventilator for a few more days.

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"Thanks so much for all the outpouring prayers & support for Jay", Lockhart tweeted last week.

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