Little Leger seriously injured in fall goes home from hospital: ‘Very grateful’

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(New York) — A Little League World Series player who was seriously injured after falling from a cot while staying at the Little League World Series complex in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, returns home to Utah after being discharged from hospital. has gone.

Easton Oliverson’s parents say they are grateful to have their 12-year-old home after more than a month of uncertainty.

“There have been moments in the past few weeks when we didn’t think he would ever be able to come home. We thought our son wasn’t going to make it,” Easton’s father, Jess Oliverson, told ABC News. good Morning America,

Baseball pitcher and left fielder Easton traveled with his Snow Canyon Little League team, which moved from Santa Clara, Utah, to Pennsylvania, in August to play in the Little League World Series. On the night of August 15, however, he fell from a cot in a dormitory in the League while he was sleeping and suffered a severe head injury, which caused a skull fracture, ruptured artery, and an epidural hematoma, a condition in which bleeding occurs in the brain. of the dura and skull.

Little League players, coaches, and managers are usually required to reside on the league’s premises. The hostel where Easton was staying included bunk beds for players to sleep in, which did not have guard railings. Since the incident, Little League Baseball officials announced that they would be removing all bunk beds in their dorms.

“Since 1992, Little League has used institutional-style bunk beds to provide players with the most space to enjoy their time in the dorm,” the league said in a statement last month. “Although these beds do not have railings, Little League is unaware of any serious injuries that may have occurred during that period. Out of an abundance of caution, Little League has decided to remove all bunks from within the dorm and frame of each bed.” placed on different floors.

A photo of the beds from the facility’s parents guide shows no railings on any of the top bunks.

According to Little League Baseball, after the fall, Easton was taken to Geisinger Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, and had to receive surgery and treatment in an intensive care unit.

“After the surgery I was told he was 30 to 45 minutes away from dying easily,” explains Jess Oliverson GMA in August.

While in the hospital, Easton, nicknamed “Tank”, took a big step towards recovery. his father told GMA that “the doctors were stunned by his progress in a short time.”

In late August, Easton was transferred to another hospital in his home state of Utah, where he recovered well enough to be discharged.

Now that Easton is out of the hospital, his parents are with him as he recovers.

“We’re very proud of how far he’s come and how hard he’s worked. But he certainly has a lot more work to do,” said Nancy Oliverson.

“He’s at home and we’re so blessed and so grateful that he’s still with us and he’s able to be okay with everything that this baby has had to go through on August 15th,” said Jess Oliverson.

Oliverson has since filed suit against Little League Baseball and bunk bed maker Savoy Contract Furniture.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the family by Philadelphia-based law firm Duffy + Fulginity, claims Little League Baseball “allow[ed] The bed was present in a dangerous condition” and failed to “inspect the bed,” “the bed has rails,” and “failed to properly secure the bed,” causing Easton to fall. It’s on Savoy contract furniture. Alleged selling “dangerous and defective” furniture that caused Easton “significant and permanent injuries, including internal bleeding among other injuries, some or all of which are permanent in nature.”

The 12-year-old “has suffered in the past and will continue to suffer pain, pain, trauma, injury, humiliation, embarrassment, anguish, deformity and/or discomfort in the future” as a result of the incident. Litigation claim.

The suit is seeking “in excess of $50,000” plus “cost, interest, compensatory and punitive damages, and all other damages permitted by law.”

Kevin Fountain, senior director of communications at Little League International, said in a statement good Morning America that “Little League International’s policy is not to comment on pending litigation.”

Savoy Contract Furniture has not issued a public statement on the lawsuit and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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