Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Son of former Padres player in hospital after accident on the field

Son of former Padres player in hospital after accident on the field

Jason Lockhart, the 15-year-old son of former Atlanta Braves infielder Keith Lockhart, was injured during a tournament in SC.

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.

While running to home plate, Lockhart was struck in the face by a baseball. The ball hit Jason in the face, breaking his nose. Two days later, during a follow up doctor's visit, his nose began bleeding uncontrollably.

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. "This has helped stop any movement that could encourage or cause a bleed to begin".

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. But the bleeding continued.

Just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, the Lockhart Family shared that Jason was out of surgery and recovering.

Last Friday, doctors sedated Jason to a "paralytic level" so that the bleending could be contained. It wasn't until they realized his nose wouldn't stop bleeding that something internally was going on.

By June 20, his sister, Sydney, had tweeted: "Urgent prayer request: Life up my little brother please! It's been insane", Sydney told 11Alive. Sydney wrote. "They went in to his arteries and blood vessels and found the two most practical areas that could be feeding the areas where Jason has been bleeding". "We are surrounded by so many people and we are feeling the prayers".

Others have come and sent prayers to Jason and the Lockhart family.

Keith Lockhart, a former infielder with the Atlanta Braves, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals and a current scout with the Chicago Cubs, took to Twitter to provide updates on his son's progress and to ask for support and prayers.

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