GRANITE CITY, IL (KTVI)-- It's not an unusual occurrence: a boy is hit by a baseball during practice. It was what happened to 10-year-old Tyler Ryan after he was hit in the head frightened everyone. It happened Wednesday in Granite City at baseball practice. His father and assistant coach, Pat Ryan, will never forget that moment.
"It made a thud it was a sickening sound," said Ryan.
Dr. Trevor Tredway, an emergency room doctor at Cardinal Glennon Children`s Medical Center, warned, "It can lead to death."
Tyler remembered, "I just sat on the ground crying cause I really, really, hurt."
In minutes, the pain Tyler felt was joined by some frightening symptoms.
Pat Ryan said, "He said where am I. I said you're at baseball. He said I know you and I said who am I. He never replied."
Tyler's mother Jennifer added, "I ran over there. He can`t look at me, he can`t respond to me. He`s throwing up even more and I`m like, you call 911 now."
In minutes, Tyler was in the emergency room at Cardinal Glennon. Dr. Tredway quickly discovered the boy had a concussion, a fractured skull, and there was bleeding on the brain. These injuries all happened by a ball thrown by a ten year old.
Dr. Tredway said, "It`s not always how fast it's going, but if it hits in the right spot. He took it on the side off the head, where the bone is less dense or thick."
Tyler was lucky. He spent only one night in the hospital. He will be on the D.L. for at least six weeks. He's expected to recover and, more importantly, he's alive.
Pat Ryan said, "Kiss your kids every night before they go to bed and when they wake-up."
Tyler, his parents and doctors all agree. They think kids should be more aware during practice. And they suggest parents and coaches keep an eye on a youngster who is hit. Have an adult sit with the injured child and watch for symptoms. If the kid's condition worsens, go to the hospital.