It’s been seven months since a little girl was hit in the head by a foul ball off the bat of Albert Almora Jr., but that little girl is still suffering seizures and other health related problems.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the small child suffered a skull fracture on May 29th and continues to treated for a brain injury that has left her at lasting risk for seizures, an attorney representing the girl’s family said.
“Attorney Richard Mithoff, who represents the child’s family, said the child continues to receive anti-seizure medication more than seven months after she was struck by a line drive off the bat of Chicago Cubs player Albert Almora at Minute Maid Park.
“She (the child) has an injury to a part of the brain, and it is permanent,” Mithoff said. “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.”
Mithoff said the child’s brain injury has affected her central nervous system in a manner that doctors described as being equivalent to a stroke. Areas of the brain affected, he said, include those in which injuries can result in seizures, loss of sensation and loss of spatial awareness.”
She was struck in the back of the head while sitting in her grandfather’s lap along the third base line in the ballpark’s lower bowl.
“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,” they attorney added.
“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 Houston Astros have since expanded the netting that extends from foul line to foul line to the point where the outfield walls become parallel to the foul lines.