Little Legger who was seriously injured in the fall returns 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 bunk bed while staying at the Little League World Series compound in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, has returned home in Utah after being discharged from the hospital.

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

“There have been several moments in the past few weeks where we didn’t think he’d be able to come home. We thought our son wouldn’t make it,” Easton’s father Jes Oliverson told ABC News. good morning america.

Easton, a baseball player and left-footed player, had traveled with the Snow Canyon Little League team, which hails from Santa Clara, Utah, to Pennsylvania in August to play in the Little League World Series. However, on the night of August 15, he fell from a bunk bed in one of the university’s dormitories in his sleep and sustained a serious head injury, resulting in a fractured skull, a fractured artery, and an epidural hematoma, a condition in which hemorrhage occurs between the two sides. Dura and skull.

Minor league players, coaches, and managers are usually required to remain in the league complex. The dormitory Easton was staying in included bunk beds for players to sleep on, which did not have a guard rail. Since the incident, Little League Baseball officials have announced that they will remove all bunk beds in their dormitories.

“Since 1992, the Little League has used institutional style bunk beds to provide the most space for players to enjoy their time in the dorms,” ​​the league said in a statement last month. “While these beds do not have guardrails, Little League is not aware of any serious injuries that occurred during that time period. Out of great caution, Little League made the decision to remove all beds from within the dorms and place each bed separately on the floor.”

The family photo from the parent’s guide to the facility shows that there are no partitions on any of the loft beds.

After the fall, Easton was flown to Geisinger Jeanette Weiss Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, according to the Little League Baseball, and had to receive surgery and treatment in the intensive care unit.

“I was told after the surgery that he was 30 to 45 minutes away from being easily gone,” said Jess Oliverson. GMA in August.

While in the hospital, Easton, nicknamed “Tank,” made great strides toward recovery. His father said GMA That “doctors were amazed at his progress in such a short period of time.”

At the end of August, Easton was transferred to another hospital in his hometown of Utah where he recovered enough to be discharged.

Now that Easton is out of the hospital, his parents have stayed by his side while he continues to recover.

“We are very proud of how far he has come and how hard he has worked. But he definitely has a lot of work to do,” Nancy Oliverson said.

“He’s at home and we’re so lucky and so grateful that he’s still with us and that he’s been able to have a path to recovery with all that this kid has had to go through since August 15,” added Jess Oliverson.

Since then, Oliverson has sued Little League Baseball and Savoy Contract Furniture, the company that made the bunk beds.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the family by Duffy + Fulginiti, a Philadelphia-based law firm, claims that Little League Baseball “allows[ed] The bed is in dangerous condition” and fails to “check the bed,” “has rails on the bed,” and fails to “secure the bed properly,” allowing Easton to fall. Savoy Contract Furniture accuses Savoy Contract Furniture of selling “dangerous and faulty” furniture that caused “significant and permanent injuries.” , including internal bleeding among other injuries, some or all of them of a permanent nature.

The 12-year-old “has suffered in the past and will continue to suffer in the future from aches, pains, trauma, bruising, humiliation, embarrassment, suffering, disfigurement and/or inconvenience” as a result of the accident, the lawsuit claims.

The suit asks for “a greater than $50,000” plus “costs, interest, damages, punitive damages, and all other damages permitted by law.”

Kevin Fountain, Senior Director of Communications at Little League International, said in a statement to good morning america That “It is the policy of the International Small League not to comment on pending lawsuits.”

Savoy Contract Furniture did not make any public statements about the lawsuit and did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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