Freak Baseball Injury Leaves Teen Fighting for Life

Freak Baseball Injury Leaves Teen Fighting for Life

Freak Baseball Injury Leaves Teen Fighting for Life

Former Atlanta Braves player Keith Lockhart and his family are asking for prayers for his 15-year-old son who is on life support after being hit in the face by a baseball during a tournament last week.

The catcher, as a runner was crossing the plate, rared back to throw the baseball back to the pitcher during a tournament game in SC.

But the injury was much more serious. Luckily doctors discovered the bleeding was just from Jason's nose and not his brain.

Doctors have been working to control the bleeding since.

"The entire Braves organization is offering our prayers for Jason and the entire Lockhart family, and we encourage all of our great fans throughout Braves Country to do the same", John Schuerholz, Atlanta Braves Vice Chairman, said through the team. He was scheduled on Monday to remove the tubes and packing in his nose.

"The doctors chose to take Jason into surgery to do an endovascular embolization today", she wrote.

They will watch him for 24 hours and then he will go into surgery tomorrow to have his nose repacked and this will give them an opportunity to look back behind the packing to make sure there are no other areas bleeding. A CT scan showed the fracture was worse than realized with a tear inside his nose.

On Friday, doctors placed Lockhart in a medically induced coma to reduce his movement in order to prevent further bleeding.

Sydney told "CBS This Morning" her family has been amazed by the outpouring of love, and urged people to continue praying for her brother.

Jason's sister Sydney told 11Alive that Jason was in surgery on Sunday, but will likely be on the ventilator for a few more days.

Throughout the entire ordeal, the Lockharts have expressed gratitude for words of support and prayer from fans. The prayers and support that everyone has given to us is overwhelming and we are truly touched. "Thank you, thank you, thank you", Sydney wrote.

"Jason was steady throughout the night which we are so thankful for!"

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