Snow Canyon player Easton Oliverson awoke after emergency surgery for a head injury
A 12-year-old from Utah, whose team is set to play in the Little League World Series later this week, is awake and talking after undergoing emergency surgery for a serious head injury he suffered when he fell from the top bunk of an early Monday morning bedtime.
Easton Oliverson, who pitches and plays for the Snow Canyon team in Santa Clara, Utah, suffered a head injury when he fell in a dormitory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He was airlifted to a state children’s hospital, 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 his best wishes, which Oliverson was able to watch on Wednesday.
Oliverson’s father, Jace, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that doctors told him his son had punctured an artery, which caused bleeding in the brain, and that he needed a piece of skull.
“He’s had quite a traumatic operation to get to where he is, but the doctors are all very positive,” said 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 on Tuesday saying they had spoken with the Oliverson family and “were delighted to hear that his medical team remains encouraged by his progress.”
The Snow Canyon team, representing the mountain region, is scheduled to play its first game of the Little League World Series on Friday at 3 p.m. ET. Jace Oliverson is the team’s assistant coach.
The Santa Clara team was the first from Utah to compete in the Little League World Series.
“As hard as it is to not have Easton there, they’re still from that community, it’s still a historic moment for the state, for Little League and for our community,” Beck said. cheer them on and maybe they’ll get some inspiration from Easton and go win it all. That would be great.”