The family says a Little League World Series youngster injured in a bunk bed fall faces a hard road to recovery, The player’s family announced on Thursday that the 12-year-old will have a “hard road to recovery” after he suffered significant injuries after falling from a bunk bed while participating in the Little League World Series.
Easton Oliverson, a player for the Snow Canyon Little League in Utah, suffered a fracture to his skull as well as an epidural hematoma, a condition in which blood builds up between the skull and the dura. His father, Jace Oliverson, told NBC News in a phone interview that the fall took place on Monday at a dorm for players in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Jace Oliverson is a player for the Williamsport Crosscutters.
After several days have passed, he reports that his kid is now “able to converse to us,” but that he is still experiencing “a lot of edema.”
According to Jace Oliverson, “It’s all excellent indicators, but at the same time it’s going to be a hard road to recovery.”
Little League International stated in a statement earlier this week that they had “verified” that Easton had “experienced an injury” on Monday while he was staying in his dormitory. According to the group, he was sent to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger.
In a subsequent statement, the organization claimed that in the wake of the incident, it would be replacing bunk beds in dormitories with individual beds “out of an abundance of caution,” and that this decision would be implemented immediately.
“While these beds do not have guard rails, Little League is unaware of any serious injuries ever occurring during that period of time,” the statement continued, “since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style bunk beds to offer the most space for the players to enjoy their time in the dorms.” “While these beds do not have guard rails, Little League is unaware of any serious injuries ever occurring during that period of time.”
Jace Oliverson stated that he did not have any remark on the new information and that all he wanted was for “all the kids to be safe.”
After Snow Canyon made history by becoming the first team from Utah to progress to the World Series tournament in the competition’s 75-year history, Easton was eliminated.
Due to Easton’s injury, Snow Canyon announced that the player’s younger brother, Brogan, would be serving as a replacement for the injured Easton. According to the statement made by the organization, Brogan had already been chosen to serve as an alternate player.
Brogan, who is 10 years old, expressed over the phone that he was “glad” to be able to play in place of his older brother on the field.
Easton was “very emotional” over the incident, according to Jace Oliverson, because he felt as though the opportunity to take part in the momentous occasion had been “taken away from him.”
“At the same time, he’s pleased that his little brother is able to represent him,” the father added. “[T]he little brother is going to be his voice.”
Little League International issued a statement earlier this week stating that authorities were “pleased to learn that (Easton’s) medical staff remains encouraged by his development.”
Little League International issued a statement in which it said, “At the request of his family, Little League International asks everybody to join us in keeping the Snow Canyon Little League player and his family in our thoughts and prayers, as we desire for a full and complete recovery.”
Little League International has stated that it will continue to make use of all of the resources at its disposal “to support the player, his family, as well as his coaches and teammates, while we navigate this tragic circumstance.”
The Snow Canyon Little League team is slated to compete in the Little League World Series beginning on Friday afternoon. This will be the squad’s opening game of the tournament.
Jace Oliverson expressed the hope that people would “keep praying for Easton” and encouraged others to do so.
He predicted that it would be a challenging journey for him, both mentally and physically. “It is not going to be an easy road for him,” he warned.