A 12-year-old Utah player, whose team will play in the Little League World Series later this week, is awake and speaking after undergoing emergency surgery for a serious head injury sustained while falling from the top bunk of a Monday morning. bed.
Easton Oliverson, who throws in the field and plays outfield for the Snow Canyon team of Santa Clara, Utah, suffered a head injury when he fell in a dormitory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He was flown to a children’s hospital in the state, where he underwent surgery.
Oliverson had not been sedated since Wednesday and was communicating with his family and doctors. Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts sent Oliverson a video offering good wishes, which Oliverson could watch on Wednesday.
Oliverson’s father, Jace, said in a Facebook post Tuesday that doctors told him that his son had punctured an artery, causing the brain to bleed, and that a section of the skull had to be removed.
“He’s had some pretty traumatic surgery to get to where he is now, but the doctors are all very positive,” Spencer Beck, Easton Oliverson’s uncle, told the Salt Lake Tribune. “All steps forward have been good so far.”
Little League World Series officials released a statement Tuesday saying they spoke with the Oliverson family and were “glad to hear that his medical team remains encouraged by his progress.”
The Snow Canyon team, which represents the Mountain Region, will play its first game in the Little League World Series on Friday at 3 p.m. ET. Jace Oliverson is an assistant coach for the team.
The Santa Clara team was the first from Utah to make it to the Little League World Series.
“As hard as it will be to keep Easton from playing, they are still from this community, this is still a historic moment for the state, for Little League and for our community,” Beck said. encourage them and maybe they’ll take a little inspiration from Easton and they’re going to win it all. That would be great.”