It could have been a deadly baseball accident, but North Brunswick High School player, Dakota Irwin, is now in stable condition.
The sophomore catcher was hit in the head during a baseball game last night. "I feel fine," Irwin said from his hospital bed at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Irwin's Mother, Karen Carver, sat by his side. Carver says Wednesday was a scary evening when her son was hit by a pitch. "I was hugging the hospital wall, blacking out, starting to slide down the hospital wall," Carver said.
Carver said she didn't see the accident but people in the stands told her what happened. At first, she didn't understand the extent of the injury. "He played the rest of the game so i thought he was fine," Carver said.
It didn't take long for her to realize the pitch that hit her son, did some serious damage, even with protective gear on. "With him having a helmet and having slurred speech, that was really scary," Carver said.
Carver took him to Dosher Memorial. Later Dakota was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was in intensive care, but now, Doctors say, he's doing fine. "He's already trying to figure out a way to get back in there," Carver said.
While Carver says she's not a nervous mom, she is worried about the possibility of re-injury during his recovery. "Even if he goes out and watches his team, I'm going to put a hard hat on him," Carver said with a laugh.
Carver says Dakota can't play for at least thirty days. He's expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow. Her advice to other parents? If your child has a passion for sports, be supportive but be aware of the risks.