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.
Easton’s father Jes Oliverson said: “There have been several moments in the past few weeks where we didn’t think he’d ever be able to come home. We thought our son wouldn’t make it.” “
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 skull fracture, a fractured artery, and an epidural hematoma, a condition in which bleeding occurs between the dura and the 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 unaware of any serious injuries occurring during that time period. Out of great caution, Little League made the decision to remove all beds from inside the dorms and make each bed an individual frame on the floor “.
a family portrait From the parent’s guide to the facility it does not show any handrails 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 going easy,” Jess Oliverson told “GMA” in August.
While in the hospital, Easton, nicknamed “Tank,” made great strides toward recovery. His father told the “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’re very proud of how far he has come and how hard he has worked,” said Nancy Oliverson. “But he definitely has a lot of work to do.”
“He’s at home and we’re so fortunate and so grateful that he’s still with us and that he’s been able to forge a path of recovery with all that this kid has had to go through since August 15,” added Jesse 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 + Fulgenity, a Philadelphia-based law firm, alleges that Little League Baseball “allows[ed] The bed being in serious condition” and failure to “check the bed” and “the presence of rails on the bed” and failure to “secure the bed properly”, allowing Easton to fall. Savoy Contract Furniture accuses Savoy Contract Furniture of selling “hazardous” and faulty furniture that caused the injury Easton” with serious 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 lawsuit seeks “a greater than $50,000” plus costs, interest, damages, punitive damages, and all other damages permitted by law.”
“It is Little League International’s policy not to comment on pending lawsuits,” Kevin Fountain, Senior Director of Communications for Little League International, said in a statement to Good Morning America.
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.