A makeup artist who suffered a brain bleed when she was allegedly hit in the head with a baseball bat while watching a training game says she still suffers from memory loss and constant headaches four years later
Alexandra 'Allie' Binkowski, 24, grew up in Ottawa, Canada, but always followed the Chicago Cubs and, when she left home, she would watch games three or four times a week.
But in March 2015, while watching the Cubs in a spring training game, the day turned into a nightmare.
A player swung his bat around, accidentally let go of it, and it soared into Binkowski's head. The force threw her off her chair, and when she landed the bat fell down on the back of her neck.
Binkowski was originally told she had a minor concussion. But, after vomiting for days after, a spinal tap revealed she was actually suffering from a brain bleed.
In the years since she has had various treatments for the pain - from opioid prescriptions to burning the nerves in her face, head and neck, to a stimulator placed in her lower back. She also needed a surgery to re-route her stomach, and three blood transfusions.
Binkowski says nothing has worked, she still vomits regularly, and she still experiences memory loss, and the ongoing headache she has had for the last four years.
Alexandra Binkowski, 24, of Scottsdale, Arizona, said she was hit in the head by a baseball bat during a Chicago Cubs spring training game in March 2015. Pictured: Binkowski, right, with her friend Ellyn, right, at a baseball game before the day she was hit
Paramedics allegedly believed Binkowski she only had a concussion and to get some rest. However, for a week after, she claims she had constant headaches, was vomiting and disoriented. Pictured: Binkowskiwith a friend, left, and right
Binkowski, now based in Scottsdale, Arizona, said it was during the third inning of the game that the bat flew into the stands and hit her.
'No one came over to see if I was alright, but [my friend] Ellyn and I walked over to the paramedics because I suddenly had no idea where I was,' she said.
'I thought I was okay, but I didn't know my whereabouts and I had a huge headache.'
The stadium's paramedics allegedly thought it was simply a concussion and that, with some rest, Binkowski would be fine.
But her headache remained for the rest of the week and then she started constantly vomiting in the days after.
She was in and out of hospital for a few days and, about two weeks after the accident happened, doctors did a spinal tap to drain fluid.
The spinal tap revealed a bleed on her brain.
It forced Binkowski to put