Aug 17, 2022 Westfield Boy, 12, Hospitalized for Injury at Cooperstown Coming Home


A 12-year-old boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a line drive struck him last month returns home Thursday after five weeks in the hospital, his father said. Anthony Labin, of Westfield, was pitching in a baseball game at Cooperstown Dreams Park July 11 when a batter returned the pitch directly at him, knocking him unconscious. The ball hit him over the left ear, his father, Ron Labin said. Anthony has been working toward his recovery since, and while doctors have diagnosed him with aphasia, a condition that impacts the ability to understand and express speech, the family hopes for a complete recovery. On July 22, Anthony was transferred to Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, where he has been receiving speech, cognitive and physical therapy. Read more at https