Softball Player Brain-Dead After Ball Hits Neck

A member of a men's slow-pitch softball team was declared brain-dead after he was hit in the neck by a ball.

Teammates say 24-year-old Alberto Naranjo of Elkhart was sliding into home plate during a game Saturday morning when a throw struck him below his left ear. He started to get up, but collapsed.

The ball apparently struck his carotid artery, which supplies blood to the brain, said teammate Brian Forray, who is studying to become a firefighter.

Paramedics took Naranjo to Memorial Hospital in South Bend from Rose Park in nearby Mishawaka after attempts to revive him failed.

St. Joseph County Coroner Michael O'Connell says a neurosurgeon pronounced Naranjo brain-dead early Sunday. O'Connell said Naranjo remained on life support late Sunday so his organs could be used for transplants.

Teammates said they were still trying to recover from the shock of seeing the accident.


Information from: South Bend Tribune,