Four days after being struck in the head by a falling tree limb, 2-year-old Tripp Halstead is still in critical condition, said a spokesperson at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston on Friday.
The family has turned to such social media websites as Facebook and Twitter to keep friends and family updated about the toddler’s condition.
Thursday night’s post wasn’t so good.
“Still hanging strong, got a mixed bag of news today … his injury is across both sides of the brain which makes it much worse. … Since both sides of Tripp’s brain were injured, it is still far (too) early to know what the outcome will be or what the lasting damage could be,” according to the Facebook post. “It looks like he will remain in an induced coma for another week to allow his brain ample opportunity to heal itself.”
Tripp’s father, Bill Halstead, has been posting the updates to Facebook.
“We have even finally heard mention of ‘next week’!!!! At first it was strictly ‘next hour,’ so that is a positive for us as well,” a recent post noted.
Friday morning, the toddler’s swelling was said to be back up and there were some complications with his drainage tube.
Twitter users are being encouraged to send out prayers and well wishes with the hash tag #TEAMBOOM, a reference to what the toddler would say when he would fist-bump someone.
Tripp underwent a three-hour brain surgery Monday afternoon after being struck by the 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.
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 updates on Halstead’s condition, visit www.facebook.com/TrippHalsteadUpdates.