WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The family of a 12-year-old Little League World Series player from Utah who suffered a head injury after falling from the top bunk of his bed at the dormitory complex said Thursday that he had been moved from intensive care. and is able to sit, eat and take steps with support.
Easton Oliverson, a pitcher and outfielder for the Snow Canyon team from Santa Clara, Utah, suffered the injury Monday and was listed in critical condition Tuesday.
But according to a post on Thursday at an Instagram account the family set up to share updates, he is now back in a standard hospital room and can communicate with his parents, Jace and Nancy, and other family members.
A video attached to the post also showed Easton drinking and eating himself.
“We are amazed by his strength and willingness to try new things,” the post said. “He communicated more often with his Mom, Dad and uncles who were in the hospital with him. His voice was significantly clearer when he spoke! He asked Nancy about his hair, and why he was there.”
His father, Jace, told ABC News in a text message that “we’ve taken a few steps with assistance, but he’s not walking on his own yet. Hopefully that will happen soon.”
The Santa Clara team, for which Jace also serves as an assistant coach, was Utah’s first to make the Little League World Series. It represents the Mountain Region and is scheduled to play its first game on Friday against the Nolensville, Tennessee, team representing the Southeast Region.
Little League World Series officials also announced in a statement Thursday that Snow Canyon is filling Easton’s opening roster with his brother, Brogan Oliverson.
Little League said the addition of an eligible player is common in certain situations, including a medical absence. The move was approved by the tournament committee and Brogan will be eligible to play in Friday’s game.
The boy’s uncle, Spencer Beck, served as a family spokesman and told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Easton fell off the bed while he was sleeping and hit his head.
“The teammates heard him fall, thank God,” Beck said in a telephone interview. “When they went into surgery, the doctor spoke to Jace and said if he hadn’t gone into surgery but 30 minutes later, he would have died.”
The family set up a Venmo account for the child nicknamed “Tank” to help with bills and expenses.
“He’s making great strides, and we as a family couldn’t be more grateful,” the Instagram statement said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.