The 2-1/2-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a foul ball during a Houston Astros game at Minute Maid Park in May remains at risk for seizures and has a permanent brain injury, her lawyer said.
The attorney for the family of the girl told the Houston Chronicle that the girl is continuing to take anti-seizure medication.
“She (the child) has an injury to a part of the brain, and it is permanent,” Richard Mithoff told the paper. “She remains subject to seizures and is on medication and will be, perhaps, for the rest of her life. That may or may not be resolved.”
The girl was sitting in her grandfather’s lap on the third-base side during a May 29 game against the Chicago Cubs when a foul ball from Albert Almora struck her in the fourth inning. She was immediately rushed away to receive medical attention. Almora was visibly shaken by the scene.
Mithoff told the Chronicle doctors have described the injury’s effect on the child’s central nervous system as being equivalent to a stroke. The affected areas of the brain include the ones controlling sensation and spatial awareness.
“She is able to continue with much of her routine as a girl her age would do, but her parents have to be particularly vigilant, as they are,” Mithoff told the Chronicle. “She has wonderful parents and is receiving wonderful care. They obviously are concerned, but she is blessed with a family that is doing relatively well, considering everything.”
The incident is one of many that led to most clubs extending protective netting at their ballparks. In December, MLB announced all 30 teams will have more netting in 2020, with seven parks introducing protection that goes foul pole to foul pole.
“The family is gratified by the announcement from Major League Baseball that the netting will be extended in all 30 ballparks,” Mithoff told the Chronicle. “This is obviously a very significant step forward.”