A 12-year-old Little League World Series player from Utah was in critical condition Tuesday after his family said he suffered a head injury when he fell off the top bunk of a bed in a dorm complex. It was in
Easton Oliverson is a pitcher and outfielder for the Snow Canyon team in Santa Clara, Utah. The Little League World Series is scheduled to open in Williamsport on Wednesday. His father, Jace Oliverson, is the team’s assistant coach.
“I have always been a firm believer in prayer and the power that comes with it. I feel that if people continue to gather around us, he will make a full recovery,” Oliverson told KSL-TV. “It’s slow now. They keep telling me it’s a cross-country race.”
Oliverson provided an update on his son’s condition via Facebook, saying doctors had told him that his son had perforated an artery, causing a hemorrhage in his brain and that part of his skull would need to be removed.
Oliverson and his wife Nancy are in the hospital with their son.
The boy’s uncle, who serves as a spokesperson for the family, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Easton fell out of bed and hit his head while he was sleeping.
In a phone interview, Spencer Beck said, “We’re just recovering from him.” He said that if he hadn’t had the surgery, he would have died within 30 minutes.
According to Beck, Easton is still using a breathing tube.
A Little League World Series official spoke with Oliverson’s family on Tuesday and released a statement saying, “We are delighted to hear that his medical team is encouraged by his progress.”
The Santa Clara team is the first from Utah to advance to the Little League World Series. Snow Canyon will play its first game on Friday against the winners of the teams from Massachusetts and Tennessee.
“It’s hard not to let Easton play, but they’re still from this community. This is a historic moment for the state, Little League and our community,” Beck said. I’m rooting for them and maybe they’ll take a little inspiration from Easton and win everything, which is great.
A family has set up a Venmo account for a child nicknamed “Tank” to help with bills and expenses.
“When Easton wakes up, we want to make sure he’s mentally there and can progress from there,” Beck said.