It's something parents hope never happens to their children: a serious life threatening accident right before their eyes. One family thanks All Children's Hospital for quick action that saved their son's life.
For Darrell and Maria Hannaseck, the sound was harrowing.
"I heard the scream, a scream that I never heard before," Darrell said.
The Hannasecks were at a baseball park when their 4-year-old son Dominick ended up with a frightening injury.
"We were in a batting cage facility here in Bradenton. Dominick ended up going into one of the batting tunnel," said Dominick's mother Maria. "The pitching machine wasn't on at the time he was in there. All of a sudden, it came on when the pitch came out, it hit on the left side of his head."
A baseball traveling 75 miles an hour.
"I raced in there and grabbed him," Darrell said.
They put Dominick in their car and headed to the hospital.
"Scared, didn't know what was happening, hoping that my little boy would be okay," Maria said.
While they were driving, Dominick started going in and out of consciousness.
"We called 911 from the car, the ambulance met me on the side of the road," Darrell said. "Soon as the ambulance got there they immediately called the helicopter to air lift him up to All Children's."
Quick action by the medical team saved Dominick's life. He spent four days in ICU with a brain injury so severe he had memory problems, could barely speak clearly, and had trouble balancing when he walked.
"He is doing beautifully," said All Children's Hospital speech language pathologist Monica Sweeney. "He's recovered so many of the skills that he had lost originally."
Dominick's family is glad that he's back to his happy, playful self.
"Very thankful and just glad he is back to normal," Maria said.
Back in full swing just in time for another little league baseball season.
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