Injured Utah Little League player’s father hopes for full recovery
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The father of the Little League World Series player who suffered a serious head injury when he fell from his top bunk in the dorms says there’s a chance his son could make a full recovery when he returns home in Utah.
Jace Oliverson told The Associated Press on Sunday evening that his 12-year-old son, Easton, was due to return to Utah on Tuesday and would remain in a hospital there.
“I’m just thankful he’s still alive because I was pretty much told he had a 0% chance of living,” Oliverson said. “We feel very lucky.”
Easton Oliverson, pitcher and outfielder for the Snow Canyon team in Santa Clara, Utah, was injured Monday.
“There is a chance of a full recovery,” Oliverson said. “It’s just a question of duration and therapy that he will receive. We only ask for prayers. Continued prayers.
The Snow Canyon team, the first from Utah to participate in the Little League World Series, was eliminated from the tournament on Sunday with a 10-2 loss to the Iowa team.
Oliverson said the traumatic week “definitely played a part” in both losses.
“I feel bad that this incident with East had to happen and it kind of ruined their week,” Oliverson said. “It was the first time that Utah came here, it’s done. It’s a big problem, especially in Utah.
The Oliverson family have continuously updated Easton’s condition on social media with photos of the boy – in a wheelchair and wearing baseball t-shirts – posing for photos with family and friends. He watched the team’s first Little League World Series game from his hospital bed wearing his team gear. Easton can communicate with his parents and a video attached to a recent post also shows him drinking and eating.
“We want to show that modern-day miracles can still happen,” Jace Oliverson told the AP. “Our message all the time is to remind people that we have a loving Heavenly Father and a savior who wants us to be happy. If we just go to them in prayer, anything is possible, and we see that with Easton.”
The family created a Venmo account for the child dubbed “Tank” to help with bills and expenses.
Mark Ence, the director of Snow Canyon, representing the mountain region, FaceTimed with Easton on Friday.
“I don’t know the recovery process from this type of injury,” Ence said. “But he is definitely improving and the family wanted everyone to know that they are grateful for the thoughts and prayers and feel like the prayers are working.”
Oliverson wore team identification badges for himself and Easton as Snow Canyon entered Historic Bowman Field for the MLB Little League Classic between the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.
Oliverson held hands with his 10-year-old son, Brogan, who took the big brother’s spot in the Little League World Series. Brogan wrote “Go Tank” on his cleats during games.
“We just want to relax and have fun,” Jace Oliverson said before the MLB game. “It’s been a crazy week.”
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