A Southern California softball player is hospitalized on life support in the ICU after she collapsed with what has since been diagnosed as an aneurysm mid-at bat during a recent non-school sanctioned travel league contest.
As reported by the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Full Count Softball blog, Etiwanda freshman Dana Housley remains on life support after she collapsed during an at-bat in the seventh inning of a final tournament game for her club team, California Thunder. Housley reportedly spent most of her freshman season as part of the school’s junior varsity program, but had competed for the varsity squad and was recalled for the team’s playoff run, which was scheduled to begin on Tuesday; there remains no concrete decision on whether the scheduled first round playoff game between Etiwanda and Murrieta Valley will go ahead as scheduled.
Valerie Van Kirk LeVier, head of the Cal Thunder program, called Housley, “so beautiful and such a fighter.” Both of those attributes will come as a bit of comfort for those looking on with prayers that Housley recovers.
In the meantime, the prayers continue, even if the prognosis for Housley’s future continues to dim. Full Count cited Van Kirk LeVier as noting that Housley would be removed from life support on Monday unless she improved. Doctors decided to delay that decision.
“Cal Thunder thanks everyone who has prayed, tweeted or shared in this experience by representing Dana’s love and passion for her sport,” Van Kirk LeVier told Full Count. “We are truly all family!”
Donations can be made via Go Fund Me, and the response has been nothing short of amazing. As of 1:30 pm today, over $44,000 have been donated by more than 1,000 people over the last 24 hours. The initial goal was $25,000. Social media users are also showing their support by tweeting #PrayForDana and #DanasMiracle.