Easton Oliverson of Utah’s Snow Canyon Little League suffered a fractured skull in the fall, his team said. He is being treated at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Oliverson’s father Jace, who is an assistant coach on his son’s team, said in a statement, “There was a lot of blood in his brain and a lot of pressure caused. He had what was called an epidural hematoma. He fractured his skull. And in the meantime punctured an artery outside the brain that caused the bleeding.”
Oliverson’s doctors began relieving him of pain and reducing his oxygen with positive results, the Instagram account reported Tuesday afternoon, adding that a neurosurgeon told the family the boy’s CT scan “looked great.”
The account also said that Oliverson was able to respond physically when one of his friends spoke to him on the phone.
“He told Easton to put his thumb up – and he did! His friend then told him to put up his other thumb – and he did that too! We are so thankful for these little miracles,” the post said .
“On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 16, Little League officials spoke with Easton’s family and were pleased to hear that his medical team remains encouraged by his progress,” Little League International said in a statement. “At his family’s request, Little League International encourages everyone 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 organization said it will use all available resources to “support the player, his family, and his coaches and teammates as we navigate this unfortunate situation.”
Oliverson’s Snow Canyon Little League team is scheduled to play its first game of the Little League World Series on Friday afternoon. Snow Canyon is the first Utah team to make it to the series in the tournament’s 75-year history.
CNN’s Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.