Eight-year-old suffers skull fracture and brain bleed after softball injury



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Eight-year-old Gracie Heany was on vacation with her family when a casual softball game left her with a serious injury.

A softball hit Gracie in the head and left with her a skull fracture. A CT scan also revealed she had a brain bleed. The doctors at the Illinois hospital she was taken to recommended Gracie be transported to Riley Hospital for Children right away.

Amanda Heany, Gracie's mom, says she felt a sense of relief when they arrived in the Riley emergency department. Both the trauma and neurology teams examined Gracie. A child life specialist brought Gracie special toys to make the experience less scary.

After close monitoring and follow ups with neurology, Gracie was able to make it through the incident without the need for surgery.