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Family of 7-Year-Old Hit By Foul Ball Shares Story

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"I'd expect to see him running past everybody in the mall or Walmart in the next six months," says Alicia Hughes, Dawson's mother.

KOAM and FOX 14 speaks with the family of 7-year-old Dawson a day after some good news. Doctors say Dawson will survive his injuries.

The incident happened on Friday, April 14th. Nick and Alicia Hughes, along with their kids Delaney and Dawson, decided to attend the MSSU baseball game at Joe Becker.

Alicia says, "We hadn't been to a Southern home game in a long time, we had never taken the kids. So we decided we would go because they were having this special thing at Joe Becker with fireworks and all. So we loaded up in the truck and started to head that way. We were late to the game and it had just rained so Dawson dried off our seats for us and we sit down and basically the first crack of the bat was the foul ball that hit him in the head."

"But as his eye started to swell we decided it would best if we took him to the hospital. So we loaded him up, dad loaded him up in the truck, grabbed him up and ran him to the truck and we ran to Freeman. Freeman took him back immediately because Dawson has lost consciousness in the truck on the way there. So Freeman took him back and they made their assessments and decided it was best to transport him to Children's Mercy here in Kansas City."

Dawson will be sedated in the hospital for about two to three days. For now, doctors don't think he'll have any mental impairment but they think he could have some physical limitations. Doctors are, however, hopeful that Dawson can overcome those through physical therapy. Mom says Dawson is a tough boy and an all American boy.

Alicia says the community support has been more than they ever expected. "It's just more than we could have ever hoped for or imagined. We are living a nightmare but also the other part of the community support is just unbelievable."

Even the Kansas City Royals contacted the family. The team send Dawson and Delaney all kinds of free stuff and Royals swag.

"The prayers are what is going to make us walk through the doors of Children's Mercy as a family. And that is what our end goal is," says Alicia.

When we spoke with Alicia yesterday (April 16) she said she would like to tell the MSSU baseball players that they love you, they love MOSO and SBU and that there are no hard feelings. Alicia says the photo of the MSSU and Southwest Baptist teams praying came when they needed it and will go over their mantel for the rest of their lives.

Go Fund Me Page for Dawson

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