A 4-year-old Florida boy attending a minor league baseball game suffered a fractured forehead and bleeding on the brain after he was hit with the ball.
Doctors say Noah Stotler is lucky to be alive after he was hit by a line drive at a July 5 Jacksonville Suns game, but the brave baseball fan didn’t even shed a tear.
“All I heard was the crack of the bat, the sound of it hitting him, and that's all I could - I couldn't get it out of my mind,” his father Brian Stotler told WJXT.
But Noah didn’t cry – so his father thought maybe he hadn’t been hit.
EMTs checked him out at the game and then the family headed home. Then Noah began throwing up and stumbling over his words.
His parents brought him to a clinic where a CT scan showed bleeding on his brain. He was rushed to Wolfson Children's Hospital where doctors diagnosed him with an epidural brain hematoma, a shattered forehead and an orbital roof bone fracture. Since then he’s undergone a craniotomy and has titanium plates and screws in his head. Doctors say his eyesight was spared.
“The doctor told us that if he had been looking up and watching if the ball would have hit him in the face, the outcome would have been very different,” Stotler said.
While in the hospital, Noah has been visited by Suns players and their mascot, Southpaw.
Suns general manager Chris Peters says when Noah is feeling better “we are going to bring him out here and let him hang out with the players for a day.”
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