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Former MLB player’s son on life support after getting hit in the face with baseball

Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart reaches to tag San Diego Padres Chris Gomez on a double in the fourth inning of the second game of the National League Championship Series at Turner Field in Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998. Lockhart’s son Jason was placed on life support on Friday after being hit in the face with a baseball.
Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart reaches to tag San Diego Padres Chris Gomez on a double in the fourth inning of the second game of the National League Championship Series at Turner Field in Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 8, 1998. Lockhart’s son Jason was placed on life support on Friday after being hit in the face with a baseball. Associated Press File

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Ketih Lockhart has been placed on life support after being hit in the face by a baseball.

Jason Lockhart, 15, was running to home plate during a baseball tournament in South Carolina. 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 accident on June 17 resulted in a broken nose and stitches, according to NBC affiliate 11Alive in Atlanta.

A few days later at the doctor’s office, Jason’s nose started bleeding non-stop and he was later transported to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. A CT scan showed a bad fracture and a laceration on his artery, according to CBS News.

Last Tuesday, Jason had surjury to stitch the inside of his nose and reset his broken nose bone. But even afterwards, slight movements like coughs would start massive bleeding that wouldn’t stop, according to 11Alive.

Last Friday, doctors sedated Jason to a “paralytic level” so that the bleending could be contained. The bleeding was determined to be coming from his nose and not his brain, according to 11Alive.

Jason’s sister Sydney Lockhart is posting updates on his condition to her Twitter and Facebook pages.

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