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Good news for injured Utah little leaguer after setback

Posted at 9:32 AM, Aug 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-22 20:33:30-04

DANVILLE, Utah — After a brief scare, the Utah little leaguer who remains hospitalized after suffering a severe head injury received some good news.

Doctors had run another CT scan on Easton Oliverson on Sunday after the 12-year-old fell while going to the bathroom by himself, which is something he wasn't supposed to do. The Facebook page that provides updates on Easton said he hit his head when he fell.

According to the page, the scan came back normal and there was no swelling related to the fall.

"We feel so grateful and blessed to have witnessed yet another miracle in Easton’s recovery!," the page wrote.

Easton's teammates were eliminated from the Little League World Series on Sunday, but were able to attend the Red Sox-Orioles game held in Williamsport later in the evening.

Jace Oliverson, Easton's father, told the Associated Press that his son's injury may have played a role in Utah's quick exit from the tournament.

“I feel bad that this incident with East had to happen and it kind of put a damper on their week,” he said said. “It was the first time Utah's ever been here, done that. It's a big deal, especially in Utah.”

Over a week after suffering the injury when he fell off his bunk bed, Easton was initially scheduled to be brought back to Utah and transported to Primary's Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. His family later gave an update that this will take place next week after he undergoes a procedure.

"His doctor in PA feels like he is ready to get his skull cap put back in!" his family wrote on Facebook. "This is going to take place on Friday. Originally, they had told Jace and Nancy that it would be 6-8 weeks before this could happen. This is an amazing miracle within itself!"

Jace Oliverson believes there are high hopes regarding his son's recovery.

“There is a chance of a full recovery,” he said. “It's just a matter of how long and the therapy that he's going to receive. We're just asking for prayers. Continuous prayers.”