Amarillo, TX - Friends, family and strangers are coming together for a 16-year-old Amarillo boy. He suffered a serious brain injury last week during a Randall High baseball game.
Austin Chontos' father says he has played baseball since he was five-years-old and says what happened to him last week could have happened to anyone.
While trying to dodge a baseball, he was hit on his helmet behind his ear. At such a high impact, it severed the jugular vein inside his brain, causing immediate bleeding. Friends and family describe it as a freak accident.
"He's played baseball since he was five, he's been hit, I can't count how many times," Austin's father Michael Chontos said. "It was just where it hit on the helmet, you know, like a glancing blow that just cut the vein in the brain."
The accident left Austin in a coma for five days. He is now out of that coma and able to follow some commands.
This Saturday, April 21st, there will be a cookout at Randall High's baseball field to help offset medical bills and rehabilitation costs. It will last from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is open to the public.