Jason Lockhart, the 15-year-old son of current Cubs scout and former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart, is receiving serious medical attention to treat profuse bleeding after he was hit in the face with a baseball, according to the Associated Press and other media reports.
Braves Country, please keep Jason Lockhart and the whole @klocky7 family in your thoughts.
"He is going to be okay we just don't really know when".
He is now at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. "Bleeding is all related likely (to original nose bleeds)", the family told 11Alive. A CT scan eventually showed the fracture was worse than realized and there was a tear inside his nose, which eventually they would identify as a laceration on his artery.
According to his sister Sydney, because even minimal movements could trigger bleeding, doctors chose to heavily sedate Lockhart and put him on life support.
"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".
Simple movements by Jason can cause the bleeding to return, which is why they placed him on ventilators.
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. They are also doing more x-rays and tests to see if they can identify where more bleeding is coming from and if the platelets levels are sufficient to help with clotting. They encourage the prayers.
Back at school, Drust says Jason is in their prayers, and so is the catcher. The teen had more surgery Sunday night and was to have another operation this week.
The Braves put out a statement on Monday, offering prayers to Jason and his family.