Ralph and Nicky Warner of Midland Park have been living moment by moment since Sunday, when their son, Ralphie, suffered a fractured skull after being struck in the head by a line-drive hit during a youth baseball tournament.
“He’s alert and he’s talking,” his father, Ralph Sr., said Tuesday. “They did an MRI this morning and we’re waiting to see if the bleeding has stopped or slowed.”
Ralphie, the oldest of three and a twin, was pitching in a championship game at the Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament in Aberdeen, Maryland when he was struck in the temple by a line-drive ball, his mother said.
“He has broken his skull and has some hemorrhaging in the brain,” his mom Nicky Antonucci Warner posted on Facebook. “Praying when he is rescanned surgery won’t be needed.”
Ralphie was taken from the field by ambulance for a 45-minute drive to the intensive care unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, his father said.
His mother has been staying in the room with him each night as other family members stay in a nearby hotel.
Doctors so far have detected two brain bleeds, Ralph Sr. said on Tuesday.
“If the bleeds stop or slow down the doctors won’t have to do surgery,” his father said. “That’s what we’re hoping for.”
Nicky said her son may spend another night in ICU and undergo additional MRIs to make sure he is stable.
Back home in New Jersey, dozens of well-wishers have posted to social media.
“We’re glad to hear that Ralph Warner is in good spirits after this scary incident,” Varsity Aces, a sports news website from Woodland Park, posted on Facebook.
“We’re all pulling for you, Ralphie,” wrote a family friend from Bergen County.
The Warners, longtime residents of Midland Park, say they are grateful for the support.
“Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers,” Nicky said in a Facebook post.