Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Is Knocked Unconscious By A Foul Ball

Pittsburgh Pirates fan is knocked unconscious by a foul ball

A baseball fan has been taken to hospital on a stretcher after being hit in the head by a foul ball behind home plate.

The woman was watching the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on Monday night when she was knocked unconscious.

She was making her way back to her seat during the second inning when the ball was hit behind by the Cubs' Starlin Castro and careered into her head. 

Horrifying: The woman was watching the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on Monday night when she was hit by a foul ball 

Impact: She was making her way back to her seat during the second inning when the ball was hit behind and careered into her head

Collapse: The lady's head of blond hair can be seen behind the batter's left arm as she falls to the ground

Response: Following a 22-minute delay in the game, the woman was taken to hospital on a stretcher. The Pirates said in a statement that she was unconscious and thanked her caregivers as she was wheeled out

There was a net in place but, as she was standing so close, she was hit because of the slack. 

The horrifying incident caused a 22-minute delay in the game as EMTs treated the fan - placing her in a head brace. 

She was then transported to hospital having reportedly regained consciousness.

The Pittsburgh Pirates tweeted: 'A scary moment here in the 2nd as a fan is hit with a foul ball.Our thoughts and prayers are with her tonight. 

The MLB franchise also issued a statement saying: 'During the top of the second inning, a female fan was struck in the head with a foul ball. 

'After initial treatment by PNC Park and Pittsburgh EMS personnel, she was placed on a stretcher, moved to a nearby ambulance and brought to the hospital for further treatment. 

'She was conscious and alert at the time of transport, graciously thanking her caregivers while giving a 'thumbs up' gesture to nearby fans. 

'Our thoughts and prayers are with her. We will share additional information as it becomes available.' 

Her condition is currently unknown.

Support: Concerned fans gather around the woman as she is placed in a head brace 

Prognosis: The Pirates said in a statement issued after the terrifying incident that she had regained consciousness and thanked her caregivers as she was wheeled out of the stadium 

From above: A fan seated higher up in the stadium took a picture as the stretcher was being prepared 

'Scary moment': The Pittsburgh Pirates shared their concern for the woman on Twitter during the delay 

 

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