08/16 16:44 CDT Utah boy injured in dorm fall at Little League World Series
Utah boy injured in dorm fall at Little League World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) --- A 12-year-old Little League World Series player from
Utah was in critical condition Tuesday with what his family said was a head
injury suffered when he fell off the top bunk of his bed at the dormitory
Easton Oliverson is a pitcher and outfielder for the Snow Canyon team out of
Santa Clara, Utah. The Little League World Series is set to begin Wednesday in
Williamsport. His dad, Jace Oliverson, is an assistant coach on the team.
"I've always been a firm believer of prayer and the power that comes with it,
and I feel like if people continue to rally around us that he will make a full
recovery," Oliverson told KSL-TV. "Right now it's slow. They keep telling me
it's a cross-country race."
Oliverson gave an update on his son's condition through Facebook and said
doctors told him his son had punctured an artery which caused bleeding on the
brain and needed a piece of skull removed.
Oliverson and wife Nancy are with their son at the hospital.
The boy's uncle has served as family spokesperson and told The Associated Press
on Tuesday that Easton fell off the bed while he was sleeping and hit his head.
"We're just at point now where he's just in recovery," Spencer Beck said in a
phone interview. "The teammates heard him fall, thank goodness. When they got
into surgery, the doctor talked to Jace and said had he not gotten into surgery
but 30 minutes later, he would have been dead."
Beck said Easton is still using a breathing tube.
Little League World Series officials released a statement Tuesday that said
they spoke with the Oliverson family and "were pleased to hear that his medical
team remains encouraged by his progress."
The Santa Clara team was the first from Utah to make the Little League World
Series. Snow Canyon is scheduled to play its first game Friday against the
winner of teams from Massachusetts and Tennessee.
"As hard as it will be to not have Easton out there playing, they're still from
this community, this is still a historical moment for the state, for Little
League and for our community," Beck said. "We're cheering them on and maybe
they'll have a little inspiration from Easton and they'll go win it all. That
would be awesome."
The family has set up a Venmo account for the kid nicknamed "Tank" to help with
bills and expenses.
"We want to make sure when Easton wakes up, he's mentally there for us and can
progress from there," Beck said.
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