Young Southaven baseball player recovers from life-threatening injury

By Chip Washington - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - Looking around Jacob Henson's room, it is apparent he is a big baseball fan.  In fact, his mother Melissa said, he's been playing since the age of four.

But at a recent tournament in Knoxville, Jacob was injured during a freak play when he was struck in the throat by the ball.

"There was a runner on third," Jacob said. "Coach called the infield in. There was a right-hand batter up. He hit it to second base, and it took a bad hop and hit me in the throat."

The game went on, but a short time later, Jacob started coughing up blood and gasping for breath. His mother, knowing something serious had happened, rushed Jacob to a local hospital.

"We got him off the field and he was gasping for air, and by the time we got him to the hospital one of his lungs had collapsed," Melissa Henson said.

Jacob was treated at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville for a crushed larynx. He was there two weeks, and just returned home to Southaven a couple of days ago. Melissa Henson said the outpouring support from his baseball family was been overwhelming and touching.

Meanwhile, Jacob nearly ready to play again, and has a message for everyone who prayed for him during his recovery.

"All I can think of is thank you a lot," he said. "I just don't know how to repay you."

Doctors say Jacob will need at least four more weeks to recover. In the meantime, he will support his team from the dugout.

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