Utah’s Snow Canyon minor leaguer Easton Oliverson suffered a fractured skull from the fall, the team said. He is being treated at Geisinger Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, a hospital spokeswoman said.
“There was a lot of blood in his brain and a lot of pressure building up, he had something called an epidural hematoma, he fractured his skull,” Oliverson’s father, Jesse, an assistant coach for his son’s team, said in a statement. And in the meantime, he punctured an artery outside the brain, causing a hemorrhage.
Oliverson’s doctors began weaning him off painkillers and starting oxygen with positive results, according to his Instagram account Tuesday afternoon, after a neurosurgeon told the family that the boy’s CT scan “looked great.”
Oliverson was able to physically respond when one of his friends spoke to him on the phone, the report said.
“Easton told him to put up his thumb – and he did! His friend then told him to put up the other thumb – and he did! We are so grateful for these little miracles,” the post said.
Little League International said in a statement: “On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 16, Little League officials spoke with Easton’s family and were pleased to hear that the medical team was encouraged by his progress.” As we seek a full and complete recovery, at the family’s request, Little League International encourages everyone to join us.
The organization said it will use all resources to support the player, his family and his coaches and teammates as we navigate this tragic 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 team from Utah to advance to the series in its 75th season.
CNN reporter Jennifer Henderson contributed to this report.