The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks collegiate summer baseball league is sending love and support to 9-year-old Keyshawn Devine, who loves baseball. Keyshawn was struck and injured by a pickup truck on July 14.
Keyshawn is recuperating at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, and that’s where Sharks team member Ryan Hernandez visited him and wished him well. Manager Jay Mendez, hitting coach Jamill Moquette, and several Sharks players sent Keyshawn supportive videos too. Sharks general manager Russ Curran said the Sharks have sent Keyshawn a care package that includes a baseball bat signed by the whole team. On Thursday night, the team plans to auction off a jersey signed by Hernadez, Curran said.
In a message to The Times, Keyshawn’s mother, Heather Devine, said her son is making “good progress” so far.
“He has a road ahead for recovery,” she wrote. “And there is no set discharge time right now, but it could be later toward the end of the week …”
On behalf of Keyshawn’s father, Keith, his brother Kayden, and his sister Jasmine, Devine thanked “the whole Island community for all of their love, prayers, and support.”
Longtime Oak Bluffs paramedic Trulayna Rose, a very close friend of Heather Devine, launched a GoFundMe campaign for the family Saturday, with a goal of reaching $20,000. By 5 pm Tuesday, the campaign had netted $51,729.
“On Wednesday, July 14th, my best friend Heather witnessed something no mother should have to,” Rose wrote on the campaign webpage. “Heather’s son Keyshawn was hit by a vehicle and dragged 20 feet. When Heather got to her son, Keyshawn was stuck under the vehicle, unresponsive and not breathing. The quick actions of the driver, who jacked his vehicle up and was able to free Keyshawn, helped save his life. Keyshawn’s mother jumped into action and waited for emergency personnel. Keyshawn sustained multiple injuries. The Boston MedFlight trauma team responded to Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and transported Keyshawn to Children’s Hospital, where he is today. We are all praying Keyshawn comes home soon. Keyshawn does have a long road to recovery that will require multiple trips to Boston. His parents will have to be out of work for a while to give Keyshawn 24-hour care.”
Curran said Keyshawn was a big Sharks fan, and has been a frequent face at Shark’s drop-in clinics. Curran believes Keyshawn’s entire Little League team is attending Thursday’s game.
Devine said she would not be surprised if Keyshawn came home to a welcome parade.