A 12-year-old Little League World Series player is in critical condition after falling from a bunk bed at the players’ dormitory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, his team told CNN.
His team said Easton Oliverson of Snow Canyon Little League in Utah suffered a skull fracture from the fall. The boy is being treated at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
According to a statement from Little League International, the injury occurred early Monday morning. News St. George News reported Oliverson had fallen out of bed in his sleep in the middle of the night, citing a source in the group.
Oliverson was airlifted to a local children’s hospital, where he underwent surgery to stop the bleeding and stabilize, according to an Instagram account set up to provide updates on his condition. His team said he was then put into a medically induced coma.
Oliverson’s father Jace, who is an assistant coach on his son’s team, said in a statement, “There’s a lot of blood in his brain and a lot of pressure has been exerted. He suffers from the so-called was an epidural hematoma. He broke his skull. He also punctured an artery outside his brain causing bleeding.”
An Instagram account reported on Tuesday afternoon, an Instagram account reported Tuesday afternoon a neurosurgeon told the family that the boy’s CT scan “looks great”.
The account also said Oliverson was able to physically react when one of his friends spoke to him on the phone.
“He told Easton to put up his thumb – and he did! His friend then told him to put up his other thumb – and he did the same! We are so grateful for that! these little miracles,” the post said.
“On Tuesday afternoon, August 16, Little League officials spoke to Easton’s family and are pleased to hear that his medical team remains encouraged by his progress.” , Little League International said in a statement. “At his family’s request, Little League International encourages all to join us to keep the Snow Canyon Little League player and his family in our thoughts and prayers, as we are. I look forward to a full recovery.
The organization said it will use all available resources to “support the player, his family, the coach and his teammates, as we address this unfortunate situation.”
The Oliverson Snow Canyon Little League team is scheduled to play the first game of the Little League World Series on Friday afternoon. Snow Canyon is the first Utah team to reach the series in the league’s 75-year history.