ATLANTA - After days of steady progress, a toddler who suffered a brain injury when a tree limb hit him outside his day care is facing a setback.
Two-year-old Tripp Halstead was playing outside his Winder day care in late October when winds from Superstorm Sandy knocked over the tree limb.
Since then, Tripp has undergone brain surgery and is currently recovering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. His parents said they had a long, tough night Sunday.
Last week, doctors removed Tripp’s breathing tube, but his parents said he was dealing with a side effect calling “storming,” caused by the brain injury and resulting in involuntary movements. Then, they said Sunday complications forced doctors to put him back on the breathing tube after they noticed his breathing slowed.
“We helped the medical team for quite a while try to get him stimulated. We did his leg exercises, told him if he would breathe, he could have all the M&Ms he wanted,” the family wrote on their Facebook page.
Thousands of people are following Tripp’s progress on Facebook, where the family provides regular updates.
Later, tests revealed one of his lungs collapsed.
There are tough moments that Bill and Stacy Halstead say are eased by the outpouring of love from friends and family to complete strangers, even celebrities, who are all pulling for a little boy most have never met.
"He's their kid as much as he is ours anymore. It's unreal the amount of people and the amount of love that he has,” said Bill Halstead.