Little League World Series player in critical condition after falling from bunk

Easton Oliverson of the Snow Canyon Little League in Utah suffered a skull fracture from the fall, his team said. He is being treated at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, a hospital spokesperson said.

The injury happened early Monday morning, according to a statement from Little League International. St. George News reports that Oliverson fell out of bed in his sleep in the middle of the night, citing a source within the team.
Oliverson was flown to the local children’s hospital, where he underwent surgery to stop the bleeding and stabilize him, according to an Instagram account that would provide updates on his condition. He was then placed in an artificial coma, his team said.

Oliverson’s father Jace, who is an assistant coach on his son’s team, said in a statement: “There was a lot of blood in his brain and a lot of pressure was created. He had what is called an epidural hematoma. artery outside the brain that caused the hemorrhage.”

Oliverson’s doctors began stripping him of painkillers and cutting back on his oxygen with positive results, the Instagram account reported Tuesday afternoon, adding that a neurosurgeon told the family that the boy’s CT scan “looked good.”

The account also said Oliverson was able to physically respond when one of his friends spoke to him on the phone.

“He told Easton to put his thumb up – and he did! His friend then told him to put his other thumb up – and he did! We are so grateful for these little miracles,” the post read.

“As of Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 16, Little League officials spoke to Easton’s family and were delighted to hear that his medical team remains encouraged by his progress,” Little League International said in a statement. “At the request of his family, Little League International encourages everyone to join us in keeping the Snow Canyon Little League player and his family in our thoughts and prayers as we wish a full and full recovery.

The organization said it would use all resources available to “support the player, his family and his coaches and teammates as we navigate this unfortunate situation.”

Oliverson’s Snow Canyon Little League team will play the first game of the Little League World Series on Friday afternoon. Snow Canyon is the first Utah team to make it to the series in the tournament’s 75-year history.

Jennifer Henderson of CNN contributed to this report.

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