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

Son of former Braves player on life support after getting hit in the face by a baseball

Jason Lockhart, the 15-year-old son of former Atlanta Braves infielder Keith Lockhart, is on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball during a tournament Saturday, June 17, according to 11Alive in Atlanta.

Jason Lockhart, 15, was running to home plate during a baseball tournament in SC. The ball hit Jason in the face, breaking his nose.

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. 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.

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

"Last night they were able to put Jason into a paralytic state through meds and machines. It's been insane", Sydney told 11Alive on Sunday. The procedure is to determine where the bleeding started.




On Sunday, Jason underwent surgery to do an endovascular embolization, cutting off the blood supply of the two areas determined to be feeding the locations where the teen was bleeding most heavily. "We are surrounded by so many people and we are feeling the prayers".

"We are amazed with the outpouring of love, support and prayers for our family and our sweet Jason, " the family said in a statement to TODAY. Subsequent surgeries have taken place to help find the cause of the bleeding, and on Sunday Keith Lockhart tweeted that the doctors located three areas of bleeding and stopped the flow of blood.

Keith Lockhart played for 10 seasons in Major League Baseball on teams including the Padres, Braves and Kansas City Royals before retiring in 2003. They are hopeful that this is the source of the bleeding.

Throughout the entire ordeal, the Lockharts have expressed gratitude for words of support and prayer from fans.

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