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Ex-major leaguer's son fights for life after freak baseball accident

Ex-major leaguer's son fights for life after freak baseball accident

Ex-major leaguer's son fights for life after freak baseball accident

But 15-year-old Jason Lockhart-son of former Atlanta Braves player Keith Lockhart-ended up on life support and faces more surgery this week, reports Fox Atlanta.

Jason Lockhart, son of infielder Keith Lockhart, was playing in a baseball tournament in SC on June 17 when the catcher threw a ball back to the pitcher as Jason was crossing the plate and it hit him in the face, WXIA reports. The ball hit Jason in the face, breaking his nose, according to Atlanta news station WXIA. While at a doctor's office for a follow-up two days later to remove the tubes and packing in his nose, his nose began to bleed uncontrollably.

A CT scan showed a severe fracture that was causing the bleeding, and doctors who operated to fix the break found an artery had been cut in the freak accident.

Initially, Jason was diagnosed with a broken nose, but it was later shown as a major fracture that's required surgery and caused serious bleeding.

Simple movements by Jason can cause the bleeding to return, which is why they placed him on ventilators.

Last Friday, doctors sedated Jason to a "paralytic level" so that the bleending could be contained.

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But after his return home to OH last week, doctors said they suspected his condition had been caused by cardiopulmonary arrest. His father, Fred Warmbier, said last week he believed Otto had been fighting for months to stay alive to return to his family.

In an update on Facebook Tuesday morning, Jason's sister, Sydney, shared complications that were found and asked for continued prayers.

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.

Sydney Lockhart wrote that there is some blood in her brother's lungs, he has a fever and he is experiencing some bleeding.

"People come together in these tough times and the power of prayer is unlike anything else". In spite of their current circumstances, the family remains prayerful and thanks the public for their support.

The teen's father, Keith Lockhart, played six seasons with the Braves as a second baseman.

"So we have surgery today at 3:00pm and we are asking for big bold prayers".

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