Sunday, November 04, 2007

This story bothers me

Impact Death Strikes At Heart It is a tragedy of a young life cut short through something that - almost - doesn't seem possible.

A young boy - age 4 - was in the park playing with his brother when he was hit with a baseball.
The ball strikes them above the heart, in exactly the wrong spot. They collapse. They die.

It's called commotio cordis, Latin for "heart commotion." The blow to the chest seldom looks as though it could be so devastating.

The impact must be near the center of the heart, and there is only a 1 percent or 2 percent chance of it happening at the precise, deadly moment.
Some small part of me believes that the safety police - those people dedicated to removing all danger and all fun from childhood - will now embark on a campaign to eliminate baseball from our parks and schools.

Like I said, it just bothers me. On many levels. My heart goes out to the family of this young boy, and to his brother's friend - the kid who was throwing a ball at a pitch-back net when this took place.
"It's an accident; a tragic accident," said Maron, of the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
That doesn't seem like enough of an explanation, even though it is completely accurate.

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