Boy who collapsed on baseball field heads home with new challenges

PLEASANTON, Calif. (KTVU) - A  boy who collapsed on a  baseball field while warming up to pitch a game last May had a bittersweet homecoming after he finally left UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Going home has always been the goal for the family of 11-year old Dillon O'Leary. Thursday afternoon their wish came true. Dillon went home after six and a half months in the hospital.

"We're just going to keep putting one step in front of the other," said Dillon's mother, Carina. "The road is still long and unknown."'

On May 5th O'Leary was getting ready to pitch at a Little League game when he collapsed on the field. Since then, O'Leary has been UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Doctors were puzzled how a seemingly healthy boy could collapse and go into a coma. They suspected an AVM, a cluster of blood vessels, burst in his brain.

Then Dillon's parents got the diagnosis.

"It's a rare cancer on his brain and in his back, in the spinal fluid," explained Patrick O'Leary, Dillon's father.

"Well, to hear it was another kick in the gut," Carina O'Leary said.

Dillon will start radiation treatments, which hold a 25 percent chance of wiping out the tumors in his brain and spine.

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