Waynesville high-schooler hit by pitch declared brain dead

Friday, April 24, 2009 | 11:34 a.m. CDT; updated 6:17 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 27, 2009

SPRINGFIELD — A south-central Missouri baseball player who was struck by a wild pitch has been declared brain dead.

Doctors at St. John's Hospital made the determination Thursday night after conducting tests on Waynesville High School junior Patrick Clegg.

The 16-year-old was batting Tuesday in a game at Lebanon when he turned to avoid being hit by a pitch. The baseball hit him just below his helmet, and he collapsed.

The hospital said in a statement that he would remain on a respirator overnight, and his organs would be harvested Friday morning.

The statement said that Clegg's parents and six brothers and sisters were appreciative of the kindness they had received since Patrick was injured.

Hospital spokeswoman Cora Scott said the family didn't want to speak to the media.


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