The St. Louis Cardinals pitcher was hit in the head by a line drive and it struck him in the temple. He was knocked unconscious for 5 to 10 seconds. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors removed a portion of his skull and performed surgery to stop his brain from bleeding. He was in ICU for nearly 2 weeks, followed by another 3 weeks in the hospital recuperating.
The athlete is happy to share that he had made a full recovery and was able to make his Major League Baseball debut the following season.
The baseball player and author of "One Line Drive: A Life-Threatening Injury and a Faith-Fueled Comeback" says before his return to the mound most people feared he might still be fragile but after get began pitching again, the doubt and worries faded.
He tells The Doctors he relied on his faith to help build up his strength and continue to pursue his baseball dreams. Daniel also says his near-death experience changed his personal life for the better and he learned how to love and became a better father and good husband.
The pitcher tells us he hopes his survival story will serve as an inspiration to help others dealing with fear or a setback to continue forward with their goals and aspirations.