The 2-year-old boy hit by a tree limb Monday remains in critical condition at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.
Tripp Halstead underwent a three-hour brain surgery Monday afternoon following the ordeal and has been in critical condition ever since, said a public relations coordinator at the hospital.
The toddler was struck by the tree limb while playing outside of his Winder daycare.
Winder Fire Chief Matt Whiting said it was a freak accident after winds associated with Hurricane Sandy knocked the branch off the tree and onto a chain-link fence before striking the boy in the head. The branch is believed to weigh hundreds of pounds.
“One good thing about it is we think the fence took the brunt of the hit,” Whiting said.
Tripp was first transported to Barrow Regional Medical Center, where he was stabilized before being flown to Egleston.
Tripp’s father, Bill Halstead, has been posting updates to a Facebook page dedicated to Tripp.
“Tripp had another fine night, his intercraneal pressures did creep up slightly . … That is our big concern right now, our medical team is working to control it as much as possible,” Halstead posted Wednesday morning. “You will hear this a lot but he is still very much hour by hour, and in a very critical state.”
A fund has been established to assist the Halstead family with any costs associated with Tripp’s medical care.
Donations can be made at any PNC bank branch in Tripp Halstead’s name.
To follow Tripp’s progress, go to http://www.facebook.com/TrippHalsteadUpdates.