Boy hit by foul ball at Suns game released from hospital

Update: After being struck by a foul ball July 5 at a Jacksonville Suns game, Noah was released from the hospital Monday. Noah's mother spoke to First Coast News: "I just wanted to let you know we are home he's doing great."

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A brave 4-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a foul ball when the Jacksonville Suns took on the Chattanooga Lookouts Saturday night.

Brian Stotler said it happened during the twelfth inning when his son, Noah, asked him if he could play on his phone. While the boy's head was down, the ball hit him in the face and shattered his forehead.

No one saw the ball hit Noah in the face, adding to the confusion when Noah's health started to worsen over the next two hours. Brian said his son was acting normal, but he had the EMTs at the stadium check him out just to be sure. The EMTs also said Noah appeared to be fine.

"He didn't have any marks on him and he wasn't crying really," said Debby Stotler, Noah's mom.

Brian took the boys home, and that's when Noah's mood and appearance started to change.

"He started vomiting, and then we realized he might have a concussion," Debby said.

The Stotler's rushed their boy to the hospital. Noah underwent a CT scan that revealed the ball shattered his forehead and caused an epidural hematoma.

Doctors performed a craniotomy and put titanium plates and screws in his head to repair the damage.

Monday night, players from the Jacksonville Suns, along with Southpaw, paid a special visit to Noah at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

"He told Southpaw to watch out, that he was going to come beat him running the bases," Debby said.

Chris Peters, General Manager for the Jacksonville Suns, said the team wanted Noah to know they care about him and that he's not alone.

"Whenever he can and he's able, we are going to bring him out here and let him hang out with the players for a day," he said.

Noah is expected to make a full recovery. The Stotler's said the experience has not only strengthened their family, but their faith, too.

"There's no explanation why bad things happen to good people other than what God sees us to, he brings is through," Brian said.

Noah is expected to be released from the hospital this week.


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