UNION CITY, Ind. (WISH) - An 8-year-old boy from Union City died this week, after his father says he was hit with a baseball in the neck.
Erick Williams said his son Dylan was practicing with his little league all-star team Tuesday, when a teammate threw a ball to him, and it hit him in the neck.
"I went to get him up, and he was just limp, I don't know," said Williams.
Williams said coaches did CPR on his son, but doctors told him Dylan didn't have oxygen to his brain for 40 minutes.
"One in ten million. No sign of injury where we thought the ball hit him, just cardiac arrest," said Williams.
Dr. Michael Kaufmann, an emergency room doctor at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, says he's heard of these situations happening, but he says they're rare.
He remembers a case in central Indiana a few years ago, that involved a baseball to the chest.
Kaufmann didn't treat Dylan, but explained what could have happened.
"It's difficult to say. They say any direct blow, around or near the heart, can induce a fatal arrhythmia, which causes the heart to stop. When that stops, a child will often go unconscious," explained Kaufmann.
"Hug and kiss your kids as much as possible, you never know," said Dylan's parents. "Anyone that knew him, they'll never forget him."
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