Baseball To Head May Have Saved Coach's Life

Aneurysm discovered near Elk Grove High baseball coach's brain after injury to the head

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Tuesday, May 15, 2012  |  Updated 5:15 PM CDT
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Baseball To Head May Have Saved Coach's Life

A baseball to the head might have saved Steve Lesniak's life.

Lesniak, a 27-year-old social studies teacher at Elk Grove High School, was coaching the school's freshman baseball team when Dominic Stacey's line drive skimmed Lesniak's protective screen and nailed the side of his head, the Daily Herald reported Tuesday.

According to the publication, the accident resulted in a concussion, but when Lesniak began feeling nauseous he went to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. It was there that they discovered Lesniak had more than just a concussion; he had a quarter-sized aneurysm behind his right eye.

The aneurysm could not be removed due to its location near Lesniak's brain, so doctors used a new process to work around it.

"It's one of those things where you have a ticking time bomb in your head, and you've got to get it taken care of," Lesniak told the Daily Herald.

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