A 12-year-old scheduled to play in the Little League World Series reportedly took a "big step" in his recovery after being placed in a medically induced coma over the weekend.
Easton Oliverson, a pitcher for the Snow Canyon Little League team representing the Mountain region, had his breathing tube removed Tuesday (August 16) night and underwent an MRI scan that his family said "came out very promising," TMZ Sports reports.
The family said Oliverson remains hospitalized and is still being monitored, but referred to the feeding tube removal as "a big step."
"Easton keeps proving himself to be the fighter we have always known he is!!" the Oliverson family said in a statement obtained by TMZ Sports. "The prayers are working! Please keep them coming. We love you all!"
Oliverson fell out of his bunk bed at the Williamsport dormitory complex housing the players and fractured his skull Sunday night, his uncle, Spencer Beck, told TMZ Sports.
Beck said Oliverson was sleeping on the top bunk before falling out of bed and hitting his head, which led to the child being rushed to the hospital and undergoing emergency surgery.
Beck initially told TMZ Sports that his family was optimistic that the child would make a recovery prior to his feeding tube being removed and the MRI scan.
"He's a really good kid, very loving," Beck said via TMZ Sports. "Full of smiles. Just a fun, fun kid -- so we're all praying for him."
Little League World Series officials released a statement in response to Oliverson's condition obtained and shared by TMZ.
"At the request of his family, Little League International encourages all to join us in keeping the Snow Canyon Little League player and his family in our thoughts and prayers, as we wish for a full and complete recovery," the statement read. "Little League International will continue to use all available resources, including those provided by UPMC in North Central Pa., through the Player Wellness Center, to support the player, his family, and his coaches and teammates, as we navigate this unfortunate situation."
Snow Canyon is scheduled to face the winner of Southeast vs. New England in its first Little League World Series game on Friday.
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