Girl hit by Almora Jr.’s foul ball in Houston suffered a skull fracture
The 2-year-old girl hit by Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr.’s foul ball during a game in Houston last month suffered a fractured skull, according to her family’s attorney.
Houston lawyer Richard Mithoff said the child sustained a skull fracture with subdural bleeding, brain contusions and brain edema.
In the fourth inning of a May 29 game between the Cubs and Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park, Almora lined a foul ball into the seats past the Cubs dugout along the third-base line.
The girl was sitting on a relative’s lap when the ball hit her in the head. She was rushed to the hospital, where she remained for several days, according to the attorney.
In a letter sent Wednesday to the Astros, provided by Mithoff, the attorney wrote: “By way of an update, their daughter sustained a skull fracture when she was struck by the foul ball, with associated subdural bleeding, brain contusions and brain edema. She had a seizure and abnormal EEG at the hospital and is now on medication to prevent further seizures while she continues to recover at home . ... Her progress will be reassessed in July, and the (family) hope to have more information then about the residual effects of the injuries.”
After the incident, the crowd quickly went silent as Almora went to one knee near the batter’s box.
Teammate Jason Heyward, who was in the on-deck circle, walked over to console Almora as the girl received medical attention. In a statement after the game, the Astros said she was taken to a hospital.
After the inning, Almora walked near the section to gather information on the girl’s condition and immediately put his hands on his head. Almora, the father of two young boys, was hugged by a security guard located in the section of the accident.