Friends credited for saving friend who was hit in the head during softball game



Posted on April 24, 2014 at 8:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 10:04 PM

PULLMAN, Wash. -- A Washington State University student is on a long road to recovery after a freak sports injury.  He was hit in the head with a softball earlier this month and the impact led to swelling in his brain.

Two weeks ago, Kellen McCauly was playing a game of softball with his fraternity brothers when he hit his head.

“Kellan came into score and the throw came in from the outfield and it just knocked him in the head,” said McCauly’s friend, Flash Hodges.

Kellen finished the game but on the way home, his friends noticed something was wrong.

“He was in the front of the car and turned around and said, ‘I can’t talk, I can’t talk,’” said Hodges.

McCauly was rushed to a local hospital where doctors discovered this was more than just a minor concussion. His brain was bleeding and he needed to be life-flighted to Spokane.

McCauly’s family has kept a blog of his progress, which included two brain surgeries to relieve the pressure in his head.  

Hodges said the first visit after the accident was hard but each day his friend is getting better. He said McCauly is talking more clearly and making good progress to recovery.

Doctors made sure Hodges knew McCauly would be in much worse shape if he and his friends had not rushed him to the hospital.

Hodges said he does not consider himself a hero.

“He would definitely do the same for us,” said Hodges.

Their fraternity will be holding a BBQ on Wednesday on the WSU campus to raise money for McCauly’s family.