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.
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. After stepping on home plate, the catcher tried to the throw the ball to the pitcher, but ended up hitting Jason in the face. The ball hit Jason in the face.
Initially, Jason was treated with stitches, but during a doctor's appointment two days later his fractured nose began to bleed uncontrollably, revealing that there was also a tear in his artery. His dad says doctors have found three sources of the bleeding and appear to have stopped the flow.
"The doctors made a decision to take Jason into surgery to do an endovascular embolization today", she wrote.
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By Friday, doctors put him on life support and sedated him to a "paralytic level" so they could monitor and contain any bleeding. It wasn't until they realized his nose wouldn't stop bleeding that something internally was going on. After that, we will wait 24 hours in the ICU to make sure there is no more bleeding. Because it persisted, he was placed "into a paralytic state through meds and machines", the family wrote Friday in a series of posts on Sydney's Facebook page that describe the scary details of an injury that medical personnel have struggled to fix. Sydney told 11Alive that Jason was in surgery on Sunday, but he will likely be on the ventilator for a few more days.
Since then, Jason's sister, Sydney has been regularly posting updates about Jason on her Facebook page. The teen had more surgery Sunday night and was to have another operation this week. The family was told none of the blood was coming from Lockhart's brain.
Keith Lockhart, a former infielder with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals and a current scout with the Chicago Cubs, took to Twitter to provide updates on his son's progress and to ask for support and prayers.