Toddler hit by ball at Yankee Stadium suffered facial fractures, brain bleeding
The toddler who was struck by a foul ball estimated to be traveling at 105 mph at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 20 “is doing OK,” according her father, despite suffering serious injuries.
Geoffrey Jacobson, the father of the youngster who turns 2 this week, opened up for the first time about the ordeal recently to The New York Times. The youngster returned home on Sept. 25 after being discharged from New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital.
“While there are numerous medical follow-ups and some remaining medical questions to be answered, we can’t ignore how fortunate we are that our little girl is home,” Jacobson wrote in a statement provided to The New York Times.
The little girl was attending the game with Jacobson’s parents. The group was seated along the third-base line when a ball off the bat of Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier struck her in the head.
The toddler suffered multiple facial fractures, including those to her nose and orbital bones. Doctors are also monitoring brain bleeding for concern over potential seizures. She apparently still has an imprint on her forehead from the stitches of the baseball that struck her.
Jacobson said doctors are unsure if his daughter will require surgery or if her vision will return to normal.
The report indicates Jacobson only agreed to provide a statement and participate in the interview because of the Yankees’ inaction addressing the issue that caused his daughter’s injury.
“There is a safer way,” Jacobson wrote in his statement. “A way where a 2-year-old girl doesn’t end up in a hospital bed, a way that people don’t get hit with bats and balls, a way where people don’t leave a game on a stretcher.”
Shortly after The Times’ report was published, the Yankees organization announced plans to “significantly expand” the netting at both Yankee Stadium and its spring training ballpark ahead of the 2018 season.
“It’s what they should have said from Day 1, but I’m happy to hear this,” Jacobson said of the Yankees’ announcement.
“I hope the remaining teams follow suit, because it’s not just about the Yankees.”