Community rallies to help boy who collapsed on baseball field

 

PLEASANTON, Calif. (KTVU) -- A fundraiser is planned to help the family of an 11-year old boy who has been hospitalized ever since he suddenly collapsed on a baseball field last May.

Dillon O'Leary has been at Oakland Children's Hospital for 120 days. He was in a coma the first month.

"The last thing he did tell me was 'I love you dad' and I said 'I love you too son'" Patrick O'Leary recalled about that day. "And he just went unconscious."

Dillion is believed to have had an AVM, arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of vessels in his brain that burst. Dillon's mother, Karina, got teary-eyed talking about her son's absence.

"We definitely miss our Dillon," she said. "It's been tough. It's been a blessing all at the same time."

A blessing because some of Dillon's favorite athletes have sent their encouragement.

"This is the brand new Crawford jersey," Patrick said reading the autograph on the Giants shirt "To Dillon, Stay strong!"

Dillon's friends have send cards with well wishes.

"We secretly found out Dillon likes turtles," his mom said, showing a card with a turtle drawn in crayon.

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