UNION CITY, Ind. (WISH) - The family mourning the loss of 8-year-old Dylan Williams says he was an organ donor.
The family says they would like to one day meet the donor recipients and learn how much of an impact Dylan had on their lives.
The accident happened Tuesday in Union City, Ind.
Dylan was playing first base during practice when a ball thrown to him hit him in the neck, and he fell to the ground.
Dylan's dad said, by the time he got to the hospital, oxygen was not reaching his brain, and Dylan was brain dead.
He was taken off life support the next day.
Dr. Michael Kaufmann, a critical care doctor at St. Vincent Hospital, said prevention, like chest guards, is best to protect against rare injuries.
Dr. Kaufmann didn't treat Dylan, but he said, in this case, because of where Dylan was hit, chest guards wouldn't have helped.
"In an accidental injury like this, there's probably very likely nothing that could have been done to prevent that from happening," Dr. Kaufmann said. "Even the chest protectors have never really been shown to prevent this very rare condition from occurring."
Dylan's team is scheduled to play in an all-star tournament Saturday.
The status of those games is unclear.
In 2007, a minor league coach died from a similar injury.
Mike Coolbaugh, a hitting coach for the Tulsa Drillers, was hit in the neck by a line drive as he was standing in the first-base coaching box.
After that, Major League Baseball ruled that base coaches had to wear helmets.
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