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Hey everyone, Its Kalli here. For those of you who dont know I am Gunnars older sister. I will be the author of this blog and if you want to email me personally my email is on the side pannel of the site. I am going to start from the beginning and give you all as much information as I can. The evening of March 11th Gunnar was pitching in a practice game at Marin Catholic High School. In the last inning of the game he pitched a fastball to a kid on the other team and within seconds the ball had come right back at Gunnar. The kid hat hit a comebacker so fast that Gunnar didnt have time to react and the ball hit him above his right ear going about 150 mph. Gunnar went down hard but tried to get back up. The coaches and teammates were at his side in seconds and within minutes the paramedics were on the scene and he was rushed to Marin General. The night of the accident Gunnar was conscious and responding to my parents and the nurses. His words were slurred and his speech was slow but he was still responding. He was rushed to the ER and had a ctscan on his head where they saw that there was a fracture in his skull. He was then admitted into the ICU not much later, and for the rest of the night had many ctscans to check for swelling of the brain. Everything looked relatively good on Thursday night into friday. The scans came back and nothing looked too bad. During the day on Friday March 12th he had a few visitors and to them he was relatively responsive. He would mumble parts or words and make motions with his hands. He held peoples hands and stayed strong. At this point I was making my way back to Marin from college as soon as I could. I arrived at Marin General at 6pm on Friday and got to see Gunnar before things started to get worse. Gunnar had been semi-conscious all day cracking his knuckles and giving the nurses some great hand shakes. Seeing Gunnar for the first time was very difficult because at the time he looked like a baby in a teenagers body. His movements were very sporatic and people were telling me that his brain had almost shut down to help with the trauma and it was so hard to see my little brother like this. At about 9pm my mom started noticing that his head looked more swollen and she started to pick up on the way Gunnar was moving. He just seemed different. My dad had just left to gome home and sleep when Gunnars movements started to resemble those of a seisure. My mom got a nurse to look at G and she noticed that his pupils were huge and unresponsive. Within minutes Gunnar was being taken for another ctscan. At this point I am having a breakdown and calling my dad to get back to the hospital ASAP. The ctscan showed more swelling and blood so they decided to do surgery. The neurosurgeon and the anesthesiologist were both in the hospital and within minutes Gunnar was in for surgery. The surgery started at 9:45 and lasted til just after 11pm. My parents and I were comforted by some of Gunnars best friends, my aunt and uncle, and one of my mom's best friends and Gunnars second mom. After the surgery Gunnar was placed into a drug induced coma and we were told by the doctor that the coma would last approx 3-5 days. We then said goodnight to Gunnar and we all went home and slept. When Gunnar is in the coma the best thing for my family is to rest and be ready to be there for him when he comes out of the coma....I will continue in a new entry about the weekend. look in the Jounal entry section for more. -Kalli ps. WATCH CHANNEL 2 AT 10PM AND CHANNEL 7 AT 11PM FOR INTERVIEWS WITH MC COACHES AND PLAYERS ABOUT SAFTEY AND THE EVENT. AND MAKE SURE TO LOOK AT THE FRONT PAGE OF THE MARIN IJ TOMORROW FOR AN ARTICLE!
Happy March Everyone! I thought that I would update everyone on Gunnar and his progress. This friday is the 1 year anniversary of his accident. It is amazing to think of what has happened in the last year and how far Gunnar has come. Not only has Gunnar come a long way but there has been progress towards tighter bat standards and as of yesterday there is a prototype of a pitchers helmet being released by Easton-Bell. My entire family went to a press conference with the President of Little League Baseball in attendance as well as a representative from CIF. I have posted the link to a youtube recording of the entire press conference, the most recent Marin IJ article, and a KTVU interview. Gunnar is back playing baseball and has his first MCAL game today against TAM High School. The game is at Tam and will start at 3:45 if anyone would like to go. He is the Designated Hitter for the team this season because only a few weeks into practice Gunnar hurt his labum (in the shoulder region) in his throwing arm. The arm injury will most likely warrent surgery after the season is over. Gunnar is so happy to be back on the field with his teammates and friends. We all hope that this season is very relaxed and injury free. Gunnar will be attending College of Marin in the fall and might play baseball there. High school graduation is right around the corner and we cant wait for that day! Thank you again to all of you that were so supportive this year. We couldnt have gotten through it all without you. -Kalli