AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – An Avondale High School student has suffered serious injuries after being hit in the chest with a baseball.

School officials say the 16-year-old student, who hasn’t been named, was taking part in pre-season baseball conditioning  on Monday morning when he missed a ball that was thrown to him.  The ball hit the student in the heart, causing him to lose consciousness.  

School district officials say the Junior Varsity baseball coach administered chest compressions immediately while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. 

WWJ spoke with Dr. Nancy Cutler with Beaumont Children’s Hospital, who said the impact caused a state of confusion of the heart.

“It occurs when there’s a real sudden and powerful blow to the chest, directly over the heart. The impact has to occur at the exact fraction of a second to trigger this disorganization of the electrical part of the heart,” she said.

“So, it’s so rare because it’s such a fraction of a millisecond that it has to occur, with such a powerful blow, at the exact angle,” Cutler said.

Cutler said the condition is most commonly seen in baseball, but can also happen in other sports including hockey and martial arts. Cutler says about two-thirds of the people who have an event like this do not survive.

“We are all praying for an immediate and complete recovery. Avondale is a very tight-knit community and we will do whatever we can to assist the family during this young man’s recovery,” said school superintendent Dr. George Heitsch, in a statement.

The student remained in intensive care, Tuesday, at Children’s Hospital in Detroit.

Comments (12)
  1. Gary says:

    We better outlaw baseball, so that no one can get injured.

    1. Taylor says:

      that would be pretty stupid and unfair to outlaw something cause one person gets hurt

      1. me says:

        Welcome to the real world. It happens every day. Perhaps Taylor you could buy a dictionary and look up this word “Sarcasm.”

  2. Kimberly Carlisle says:

    Hockey too

  3. Cathy says:

    Gary, Kimberly and Bruce – I hope you’re kidding. This was a freak accident. People cannot stop going outside because they fear getting struck by lightning.

  4. Bruce says:

    Hee hee – at least I was kidding – can’t speak for the rest

  5. Navyvet8192 says:

    Freak Accident???! I didn’t read anything about any freaks being involved in the incident. Why cast such disbursions at the injured person? JUST KIDDING!!! Get Well Soon!….. Freak. :-)

  6. troy says:

    This happened when I was in high school, too. I couldn’t help but wonder that if someone can’t catch a baseball, why would they try out for baseball? I was seriously concerned for kids at our tryouts who just didn’t belong there. Parents, if your kid sucks at baseball, don’t force him to try out. Not saying that this was the case with this particular kid, but having played sports for a long time, there were always people there who had no business being there, but were only there because 1) Their parents fooled them into thinking they were actually good or 2) because their parents forced them.

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