Published: Fri, January 10, 2020
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Attorney: Toddler's brain injury from foul ball is permanent

Attorney: Toddler's brain injury from foul ball is permanent

Back in June the family's lawyer said the two-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture along with other brain trauma.

A toddler who was struck in the head by a foul ball at a game between the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs in May is still being treated for a brain injury that could affect her for the rest of her life, her family's attorney told The Houston Chronicle. Doctors believed the damage to be similar to that of a stroke, and the areas of the brain affected include those in which injuries lead to seizures.

Mithoff said a part of the child's brain was damaged after she was struck by a sharply hit foul ball from Chicago Cubs player Albert Almora at Minute Maid Park.

Mithoff told The Chronicle that the 2-year-old was still in treatment for the brain injury and that doctors had not determined whether she suffered from cognitive impairment from her injuries.

The girl sat on the third page of Minute Maid Park during the incident. He said her parents take good care of her and she is blessed for having a family that is handling the situation well. Almora - who has two children - was visibly shaken, as were several of his teammates. The first person he locked eyes on after he hit the ball was the small girl, Almora told reporters after the game, The New York Times reported.

No legal action was started and Mithoff declined to comment on any conversations he had with Astros officials.


A young fan was hospitalized in 2017 after being hit by a foul at Yankee Stadium in NY.

In another tragedy, a 79-year-old fan lost her life in 2018 after being hit by a foul ball at Los Angels Dodgers game.

Astros outfielder Michael Brantley brought a ball into his own area with a paramedic foul in October.

No legal action has yet been filed against the Astros, Minute Maid Park's operators or Major League Baseball.

The Astros expanded the Minute Maid Park network in August and extended it further along the left and right field lines. In December, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said that for the 2020 season "the 30 clubs will have a net that will extend far beyond the end of the canoe".

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