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Toddler hit by 105 mph foul ball at Astros game has permanent brain injury

Antonia 05/09/2021

The young girl who was hit by a foul ball at a Houston Astros game in May is still being treated for a traumatic brain injury, according to her family’s attorney.

“She has an injury to a part of the brain, and it is permanent,” Richard Mithoff told the Houston Chronicle of the 2-year-old girl. “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 toddler, who was never publicly identified, was hit in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. along the third-base line at Minute Maid Park and sustained a fractured skull, subdural bleeding, brain contusions and brain edema.

“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 newspaper. “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.”

After the incident, the Astros extended the foul ball netting at the stadium past the dugouts, following a trend of teams to do so voluntarily before MLB commissioner Rob Manfred announced at the winter meetings that all 30 clubs will have extended netting for the 2020 season.

More than 800 people have been injured by foul balls since 2012, according to a study by NBC News released in October. Among them was a 2-year-old who was hit by a 105-mph line drive at Yankee Stadium in September 2017 and a woman who died after being struck at a Dodgers game in August 2018.

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