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Jason Lockhart, the son of former Atlanta Braves infielder Keith Lochart, is on life support at an Atlanta hospital following a freak accident on the baseball diamond.  The family is asking for prayers for the 15-year-old, who is in the intensive care unit.

Jason Lockhart was playing in a baseball tournament in South Carolina when he was hit in the face with a baseball as the catcher threw the ball back to the pitcher. At first, according to a report by Fox 5 TV, Jason Lockhart was diagnosed with a broken nose. But he went back to the doctor on June 19 when his nose wouldn’t stop bleeding, and that’s when physicians found more extensive damage. Doctors found a severe fracture that they repaired on June 20, but then they discovered the fracture in his nose cut an artery. When the bleeding continued, doctors put him on life support.

Jason’s sister, Sydney, has provided regular updates on her brother’s condition via her Facebook page and Twitter account.

She said, on Facebook, that doctors have placed her brother in “paralytic state” — which Merriam-Webster dictionary describes as being in a state of paralysis — to limit his movement.

His father also thanks those who have offered their support.

Thanks so much for all the outpouring prayers & support for Jay. It’s been rough, a few surgeries but we’re confident he’s going to be OK.

Keith Lockhart played 10 years in the major leagues including six with the Atlanta Braves. He primarily played second and third base, and finished his career with a .261./319/.385 slash line with 44 home runs and 268 RBI.

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