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Oldham County High School student seriously injured in 'freak accident' at home

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A crisis team was on-hand at two Oldham County schools Thursday after a Oldham County High School student was injured in a "freak accident."

The incident took place at the student's home, causing "serious injury" to the student.

Oldham County High School Assistant Baseball Coach Brent Hackworth says his player, Tristan Ballinger, was injured when a piece of metal entered Ballinger's forehead, causing trauma. 

Ballinger is a sophomore on both the baseball and wrestling team.

"The student is currently hospitalized," McDowell said. "We have a crisis team at Oldham County High School, as well as Oldham County Middle School, to help students deal with the emotions that may come from this tragic accident."

According to David McArthur, spokesperson for KentuckyOne Health, the student is in critical condition at the time of this writing.

Baseball teammates Kyle Kaelin and Gabe Bratetic speak highly of their good friend  

"He's just a great person. He'll go out of his way just to make you happy," Bratetic said. 

"If you make a mistake, he's the first person there to pick you up," Kaelin added. 

But now it's their turn to pick him up. Some teammates were able to visit Ballinger Wednesday night. 

"I knew God was with him and I talked to him and told him he's the toughest kid I know. I told him that I love him, everyone loves him. So I know he can hear us. He's taking everything [in], he's fighting, I know he is," Bratetic said. 

On Thursday, classmates also came together for him, forming a prayer circle in the gymnasium. And later in the day they found out their rivals, North and South Oldham also came together in prayer.

"It's just nice to see that we can come together in times like this," Bratetic said.

"Seeing all the love everybody has for Tristan ... he's just such a great person and no one is more deserving of all that love and it's great to see," Kaelin said. 

Coach Hackworth, who has known Ballinger since he was 7-years-old, says he's a fighter.

"Tristan is a battler. And he always has been, and he always will be. He's a great kid, and he'll battle through this."

"We love him and we're supporting him. We're behind his back and so is God," Bratetic added.

Even though Ballinger is in critical condition, Coach Hackworth says he is now responding to verbal commands like squeezing a hand or moving his foot. He's also asking everyone for prayers. 

The Twitter account of the Oldham County High School 2015-16 wrestling team tweeted out a request for followers to offer prayers for the student, calling him "our loving friend and teammate." The tweet also asked for support for the student's family, stating that, "they need all of our support."

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