UNION CITY, Ind. (WISH) - An 8-year-old playing on a little league baseball team in Union City died after a baseball hit him in the neck.
Dylan Williams, who played for the all star team, was playing first base Tuesday night when someone threw a ball his direction, his parents said. He hadn't noticed, and the ball hit him in the neck. He fell to the ground.
"I hollered, 'Get up Dylan. Get up, you're OK. You should have been paying attention.' I went to get him up. He was just limp," said Erick Williams, Dylan's father.
Dylan was flown to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. He was brain dead once he received medical treatment, and Dylan's parents took him off life support a day later. Dylan's organs were donated.
"Some families got a huge gift last night from a great kid. He's going to live on with a lot of other people," Dylan's father said.
His parents hope to meet the recipients in the future to know what kind of impact their son had on others' lives.
"Hug and kiss your kids as much as possible because you never know. Like us, we went to ball practice, and we never come home," said Georgiana Williams, Dylan's mother.
Doctors told Dylan's parents it is extremely rare for something like this to happen.
"One in 10 million. No sign of injury where we thought the ball hit or anything, just cardiac arrest," Erick said.
The league treasurer, Chad Manning, echoed the sentiment.
"It's a freak accident that happened," he said. "The likelihood of this happening it's farfetched."
Dylan's parents said he loved baseball.
"It was a very bad day for all involved," league president Ryan Collins said.
Dylan's parents have two other children, a brother older than Dylan and a younger sister.
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