A two-year-old girl who was taken to the hospital after getting hit in the face by a 105mph foul ball during a Yankees game is still recovering from injuries months later.
The incident occurred at the New York Yankees stadium in September when the team was playing the Minnesota Twins.
The young girl’s father, Geoffrey Jacobson, said in an interview with the New York Post that the hit has since left his daughter traumatized as she has to have routine check-ups with a neurologist.
‘She is definitely aware that she was injured by a baseball… occasionally she will say something about it that will make you cringe,’ he said.
Geoffrey Jacobson’s two-year-old daughter was hit in the face by a 105mph baseball during a Yankees game in September. The hit hospitalized the young girl for six days
Yankees player Todd Frazier immediately dropped to his knee once he saw where his ball went. The young girl has to wear an eye patch over her non-injured eye to help the other one recover
Jacobson told the Post that his daughter, who he has not named for privacy reasons, was attending the game with his father when the ball hit her in the middle of her forehead and fractured her skull.
A doctor who was nearby in the stands came to the little girl’s aid immediately after the hit and assisted before medics could arrive.
The little girl was taken to NewYork Presbyterian Hospital – Columbia University Medical Center where she for six days before she was released.
The dangerous hit last September brought New York Yankees player Todd Frazier to his knees after he realized where the ball went.
Other players and coaches from both teams were also visibly upset on the field after they realized the hit struck a young girl.
Jacobson revealed that his daughter to this day has to wear an eye patch for five hours over her non-injured eye to help the weaker side recover from the hit.
The hit fractured the young girl’s skull. She has since had to have routine visits with a neurologist to make sure she is not at risk for getting seizures
Yankees third base coach Joe Espada crouched down after seeing a young fan injured by a foul ball. In February, all 30 MLB teams agreed to extend their stadium’s netting
She also might have to undergo surgery on her nose or on the bones around her eye to correct some of the damage from the 105mph baseball.
‘The hope is there is no long-term issues that arise from such head trauma,’ Jacobson said. ‘I try to be cautiously optimistic.’
Periodic appointments with a neurologist are the new normal for the little girl as doctors continue to monitor for any signs that she might be at risk for seizures.
But mainly the parents’ try to keep their daughter calm about her injury and that doctors are working to make her better.
‘Whenever she gets upset about any of it, all we try to do is put her mind at ease and comfort her,’ Jacobson said.
The hit sparked a league-wide response for a change in netting in areas of baseball stadiums that were most at risk for high-speed balls.
By February, all MLB teams agreed to extend their netting to at least the far ends of the dugouts to prevent incidents like the one with Jacobson’s daughter from happening again.