The family of the 2-year-old Tripp Halstead says he was moved to a new hospital on Tuesday to begin rehab. Tripp was critically injured when a huge tree limb fell on him at his Winder daycare last month.
Tripp had been receiving his medical care at Children's Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston, and was moved to Children's at Scottish Rite. The family says it was a "very smooth transition."
"It's a big step. It's an exciting step and it's something we've been looking forward to for three weeks now," said Bill Halstead, Tripp's father.
Tripp will have a full daily rehab schedule beginning Wednesday morning.
"They'll give us a timetable of what they expect, as far as what kind of recovery he will have," 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 held a fundraiser on Tuesday, saying they would donate 100 percent of its sales to the Halstead family to help them with Tripp's medical expenses.
Locos in Winder also said it would donate 20 percent of its sales on Tuesday to the Halstead family.
Families said they are looking for ways to help.
"We have kids of our own and would just hate for anything like that to happen in our family. So we do what we can. We're not rich, so we can't do much, but we can at least come out and support this way," said Steve Hale, who was at Loco's.
The Halsteads recognize it will be a long, slow road to recovery. They say the outpouring of giving from the community will help them stay by their son's side,
"It's just amazing that I'll be able to stay with my baby as much as I need to. That's all I ask and pray for. If it's six months, that's awesome. If it's a year, that's fine with me. I'm just happier right by his side," said Tripp's mother, Stacy Halstead.
Doctors have told the Halsteads that this will be a very important week. They'll be able to start to evaluate how severe and lasting the brain injuries are. By next Friday, they will have an indication of what kind of recovery Tripp can expect.
You can get updates from the family on Tripp Halstead on their Facebook page at facebook.com/TrippHalsteadUpdates.
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