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Son of former Padre on life support after getting hit by baseball

Son of former Braves player on life support after getting hit in the face by a baseball Teenage son of former Atlanta Braves player on life support
Kelly Saunders | 28 June, 2017, 01:58

But the ball caught Jason Lockhart, the 15-year-old runner and son of former Atlanta Braves infielder Keith Lockhart, in the face, breaking his nose, requiring stitches and making the days since the June 17 incident anything but routine.

While running to home plate, Lockhart was struck in the face by a baseball. Two days later, during a follow up doctor's visit, his nose began bleeding uncontrollably.

His sister, Sydney, a has been providing regular updates of his condition on Facebook, including one saying Jason was scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta to replace the packing in his face and check for any areas of bleeding.

By Friday, he was put on life support and sedated in an attempt to stop the bleeding. A CT scan revealed a severe fracture causing him to continuously bleed.

The earliest Jason could be off life support is Tuesday following the surgery. They determined all bleeding was, in fact, in the nose and not coming from his brain.

"We are more at peace as we are getting closer to seeing his sweet eyes open, feeling his hand squeeze ours back, and help him heal and sort through what all he has been through this week.We thank you for every prayer spoken on behalf of Jason".

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According to the post, doctors will re-evaluate Lockhart in 24 hours.

On Sunday, Lockhart underwent endovascular embolization surgery to discover where the bleeding originated. 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. They encourage the prayers.

Sydney said Jason's accident severed an artery.

Our thoughts are with the Lockhart family during this tough time.

His father, Keith Drust, played for the Braves in the late 90s, and now the entire family is by Jason's side as he has endured multiple surgeries.

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