CHICAGO – A toddler is recovering after being hit in the eye with a ball during a family outing to a White Sox game Monday.
2-year-old Rowan Senders was sitting in the bleachers next to his dad at U.S. Cellular Field yesterday when the Cleveland Indians’ Mike Aviles launched a homerun. It was also line shot in their direction.
“It was about the longest three seconds I could ever imagine,” his father Michael said.
Michael moved to protect his son and put his hand in front of the boy’s face. But the ball deflected off Michael’s hand and slammed into Rowan’s eye.
“I basically just shielded his face,” Micahel said. “And it hit my hand. And it hit that section of his head.”
Michael was holding Rowan’s 7th month old sister, Emma, when the ball was hit. He says he tried to shield both kids.
“When it was coming at…it was a big feeling of helplessness just because I was carrying my daughter at the same time and so I was trying to protect the both of them.”
Rowan’s mother was at the game, too. But she was in the bathroom with Rowan’s other sister, Reagan, when the incident happened.
The boy was rushed to Children’s Mercy Hospital where doctors performed tests. They found he suffered a skull fracture and bruising to the brain.
“He was showing some signs of concussion,” said Dr. Jerome Volk. “He was dazed. He wasn’t acting himself.”
Doctors watched Rowan closely all last night and determined that he would not need surgery.
Despite the scare, the Senders hope to be back at the ballpark soon.