Jason Lockhart recovering after surgery, doctors confident they've found issue

Coaches, players and parents admit it's the kind of freak accident you don't really think about until it happens.

Here we will provide the latest updates on Jason Lockhart. Lockhart, the son of former Atlanta Braves infielder Keith Lockhart, has been in ICU since getting hit in the face by a baseball last week.

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Just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, the Lockhart Family shared that Jason was out of surgery and recovering. Doctors found found an actively artery that was bleeding and are confident it is the source of the massive bleeds. They will now wait 24 hours to give his body time to clot and have a Plan B in place if needed.

"We are confident that this is the area that has caused so much bleeding," the family posted on Sydney Lockhart's Facebook page.

Just before his surgery, doctors found blood in his lungs, likely related to the massive bleeds. They placed him on an intubator. If all goes well in the next 24 hours, Jason may have the breathing tube and possibly ventilators removed.

"We are praying and believing that what the doctors did today is bringing us closer to Jason's full recovery," the family posted.

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At 10:00 Tuesday morning, Jason Lockhart entered his fifth surgery in nine days after he was struck in the face with a baseball last Saturday.

Jason  plays with Team Elite of Winder, Georgia and is the son of former Braves infielder, Keith Lockhart. While running to home plate during a tournament in South Carolina baseball hit his face and broke his nose. Doctors soon found his injury was far more severe.  A CT scan eventually showed a tear inside his nose was actually a laceration on one of his arteries. 
 
In an update on Facebook Tuesday morning, Jason's sister, Sydney, shared complications that were found and asked for continued prayers.

A few hours earlier, Sydney shared doctors hoped to take Jason off the ventilator after surgery. Now that bleeding was found inside of his lungs, doctors aren't so sure.

"It's likely because he just still has bleeding coming from somewhere deeper inside. Bleeding is all related likely (to original nose bleeds)," the family told 11Alive.

Doctors are also working to get his 103 fever down and bring his blood pressure back up. In spite of their current circumstances, the family remains prayerful and thanks the public for their support.

"We are more at peace as we are getting closer to seeing his sweet eyes open, feeling his hand squeeze ours back, and help him heal and sort through what all he has been through this week...We thank you for every prayer spoken on behalf of Jason. We are overwhelmed by everyone's love and support. We can't wait to have our sweet Jason back. Thank you, thank you, thank you," Sydney wrote.

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