Ohio boy hits rehab milestones

Young fan has spoken first words since accident

By Associated Press | December 18, 2009 9:52 AM ET

WARREN, Ohio -- A 4-year-old Ohio boy who was hit in the head by a foul ball at a Minor League Baseball game in September has spoken his first words since the accident.

Luke Holko can say "more" and "no."

Dr. Micah Baird of Akron Children's Hospital says verbal communication is a sign that Luke's brain is making new nerve connections to overcome tissue that was destroyed by the ball's impact.

Luke's long-term prognosis remains uncertain, but he's reached a series of milestones this month, learning to crawl, sit and roll on his own.

Luke was struck while attending a doubleheader at the home of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The injury spurred fans to donate $24,000 to help the family with medical bills.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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