The family of Steven Domalewski, 13, and his community have been keeping vigil since the Police Athletic League game last June. "Once Steven comes home, it's going to be a madhouse," Marie Fullerton, his aunt, told The New York Times for Friday's newspapers.
Domalewski was hit in the chest by a line drive from a metal bat in the millisecond between his heartbeats, sending him into cardiac arrest. The condition is called commotio cordis. Three spectators rushed onto the field and resuscitated him, but the damage was done. Domalewski, then 12, suffered brain swelling and went into a coma.
His case spurred legislators in New Jersey to consider whether metal bats should be banned from all youth sports. Read our original post regarding this story spurring discussion in youth sports, Aluminum Bats Banned
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