WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The family of a 12-year-old Little League World Series player from Utah who suffered a head injury after falling from the top of his bed at the dorm complex said on Thursday he was released intensive care and was able to sit, eat and walk with assistance.
Easton Oliverson, pitcher and outfielder for Team Snow Canyon in Santa Clara, Utah, was injured Monday and was listed in critical condition Tuesday.
But according to a Thursday post on an Instagram account the family set up to share updates, he is now back in a standard hospital room and can communicate with his parents, Jace and Nancy, and others. family members.
A video attached to the post also showed Easton drinking and eating.
“We’re amazed at his strength and willingness to try new things,” the post said. “He communicated more frequently with his mum, dad and uncles who were in the hospital with him. His voice is noticeably clearer when he talks! He asked Nancy about his hair and why he was there.
The Santa Clara team, for which Jace Oliverson is also an assistant coach, was the first from Utah to compete in the Little League World Series. He represents the Mountain Region and is scheduled to play his first game on Friday against the Nolensville, Tennessee, team representing the Southeast Region.
Little League World Series officials also announced in a statement Thursday that Snow Canyon is filling Easton’s open spot with his brother, Brogan Oliverson.
Little League said adding an eligible player is common in certain situations, including medical absence. The decision was approved by the tournament committee and Brogan will be eligible to play Friday’s match.
The boy’s uncle, Spencer Beck, served as the family’s spokesman and told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Easton fell out of bed while he was sleeping and hit his head.
“Teammates heard him fall, thank goodness,” Beck said in a phone interview. “When they had surgery, the doctor spoke to Jace and said if he hadn’t had surgery, but 30 minutes later he would be dead.”
The family created a Venmo account for the child dubbed “Tank” to help with bills and expenses.
“He is making great progress and we as a family couldn’t be more grateful,” the Instagram statement read.
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