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UPDATE: Missouri Southern State University to financially help boy hit by baseball

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Dawson Hirshey Dawson Hirshey
JOPLIN, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Missouri Southern State University officials are working to help cover medical expenses for the family of a 7-year-old who was severely injured watching a baseball game.

Dawson Hirshey of Diamond was struck in the head by a line-drive foul ball Friday while sitting in the stands at Joe Becker Stadium. He is still recovering at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City where he underwent brain surgery.

University spokeswoman Cassie Mathes says the boy's mother is a university employee. University administrators will visit the family at the hospital.

Mathes says the school wants to find the best way to financially support the family.

Family members say on a GoFundMe page that he's also suffered "several mini-strokes" and has three fractures in his right orbital bone. 

"We won't know much more about the extent of the damage and the road ahead until he is allowed to wake up," the page reads. 

All donations will assist the family with medical bills. 

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