The family of the 2-year-old Tripp Halstead says he will moved to another hospital to begin rehab on Tuesday. Tripp was critically injured when a huge tree limb fell on him at his Winder daycare last month.
Tripp has been receiving his medical care at Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston, and will be moved to Children's at Scottish Rite.
His parents say Tripp was out of his bed on Saturday, and sitting with them. They report Tripp has started speech therapy and is drinking from a straw.
According to the family's Facebook page, doctors informed them a CAT scan showed that Tripp had a severe brain injury.
"It just showed that he had pretty significant damage to his brain and that kind of stuff, it doesn't regenerate or regrow. But what it can do, especially in somebody his age, hopefully it can rewire some of the other areas of his brain and pick some of his personality traits or motor skills," said Tripp's father, Bill Halstead.
The doctors now want to know just how severe.
"We expected to hear that news but it hurt to hear it. But 10 minutes before we talked to him, we talked to a survivor herself and she gave us a great testament to the miracle of the brain, and power of prayers of people who were there for her. And we hope to get that miracle too," said Bill Halstead.
Right now, when Tripp is out of his bed, he's in a reclined wheelchair. He moves his eyes a little bit and sometimes moans or cries, but he cannot hold his head up and so far, has not moved his limbs much.
"That little guy has a true fighter's spirit; everybody has seen what he's capable of so far. So to us, we still hope that one day he'll wake up and run out of bed and we'll have to chase him down," said Bill Halstead.
Doctors said that Tripp could be at Scottish Rite for as long as a year.
The Winder community has been generous to the Halstead family, holding many fundraisers to help with the family's medical expenses. The Mighty Casey's restaurant in Winder is holding a fundraiser on Tuesday, and they will donate 100 percent of its sales to the Halstead family to help them with Tripp's medical expenses.
You can get updates from the family on Tripp Halstead on their Facebook page at facebook.com/TrippHalsteadUpdates.
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