When J.T. Johnson experienced his first seizures, his father shrugged them off.
“We just thought he was a teenager ignoring us, so we didn’t address it,” said Tim Johnson, West Carter’s baseball coach.
The absence seizures initially lasted just 3 or 4 seconds, but Tim didn’t take them seriously until a baseball struck his son flush in the face during warmup tosses with close friend Peyton Brown at the Comets’ home field. J.T., then just a seventh-grader, absorbed the hit like a stone statue before reacting moments later.