(AmericanProsperity.com) – According to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution December 6 report, a 17-year-old high school student died two weeks after an accident inside a batting cage while he was practicing with his high school baseball team. Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s officials and the family of Jeremy Medina confirmed the boy’s death in a statement and said they would fulfill his wish by donating his organs to those who need it.
As reported by Fox 5, Medina has been in a coma since the incident, which took place on November 20 after a teammate’s bat accidentally struck the 17-year-old boy in the head. The media outlet pointed out that the incident happened when the players were inside the athletic facility of the Gainesville High School, doing hitting drills.
During a press conference, Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s Dr. Michael Cormican said that the initial trauma to Medina’s head was so severe that it caused him to “lose consciousness.” He also told reporters that as he lost consciousness, the boy lost the ability to “maintain his airway.”
The AJC pointed out that Gainesville High School principal James Green told students on December 6 that health staffers officially pronounced the 17-year-old boy brain dead. In a statement published on Twitter, the Gainesville City School System said that Medina’s life will forever impact “our entire community.” It also pointed out that his death will represent “renewed life” for many people, as he’s now becoming an organ donor. The Gainesville City School System also called everyone to keep praying for his family.
The 17-year-old high school student was a senior and played both catcher and pitcher. During an interview with 11Alive, Medina’s father David said that his son was also a great student, which always made him feel “proud” because being good in sports and keeping up “the grades” can be difficult. He also thanked the community for the support they provided to Jeremy Medina, whom he described as a good person and a “leader” on and off the baseball field.
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