The injured Little League player who fractured his skull after falling from his bunk bed on Monday, continues to face challenges in his recovery, including swelling that may block his vision.
Doctors told the parents that swelling in the face of 12-year-old Easton “Tank” Oliverson had increased, according to an Instagram account set up to provide updates on his recovery.
“The swelling in his face increased, and the doctors told his parents it was going to get worse,” the post reads. “This limited Easton’s ability to see, creating a unique challenge for him. While we have seen countless miracles in Easton’s journey (and still have), he will continue to have difficult moments like today.”
“Through it all, he still makes sure to tell everyone he talks to that he loves them. Instead of complaining, he chooses to express his love. That’s really the kind of kid that Easton is, which is why we know he’s going to come out of this with so much strength. Please continue to pray for our friend. We love you all!!”
The post also said Oliverson, dressed in his Highland gear, was able to watch Friday’s game between his team and Tennessee’s Nolensville Little League from his hospital room.
“This was a very emotional afternoon for him,” the post stated.
Oliverson suffered a fractured skull after falling from a bunk bed at the players’ dormitory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, early Monday morning. His team, Snow Canyon Little League of Utah, won a trip to Williamsport after winning a regional championship in California.
The young athlete was airlifted to a children’s hospital in critical condition. His father told CNN he was “fighting for his life,” with doctors saying he was only 30 minutes from death. He underwent surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma.
In the days since, Oliverson has made impressive strides toward recovery, as documented on the “miraclesfortank” Instagram account. By Wednesday, he was no longer sedated, and on Thursday, he moved out of intensive care and was able to feed himself.
The Little Leaguer has received an outpouring of support from across the nation. On Saturday, Kevin Cash, the manager of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays, sent a heartfelt message to Oliverson.
“We’ve been following your progress and just want to let you know that you have fans you’ve never met in Florida who are really cheering you on,” Cash said in an Instagram video posted to @miraclesfortank. “I remember how excited I was to have a chance to play in the Little League World Series. There’s something about baseball that brings people together. It’s like an extended family.”
“We are here for each other to celebrate the victories and we encourage each other during difficult times. Tank, we send positive thoughts and best wishes to you and the Snow Canyon Little League… Let’s do this for Tank.”
The poster thanked the Radios for the message. “Thank you to the @raysbaseball for sending this heartfelt message. The support means the world and more to Easton and his family!”