The parents of a Barrow County toddler recovering from a brain injury said their son is making noise, which appears to be a good sign for Tripp Halstead, whom supporters are holding several fundraisers for this weekend.
By Ashley Swann
BARROW COUNTY, Ga. —
Hour by hour, the online community lovingly referred to as "Team Boom" follows 2-year-old Tripp Halstead's progress.
"Every minute, stare at the computer, iPhones, every day," said Connie Wilbanks, a family friend.
And Saturday, the positive updates kept coming. At about 5:30 p.m., Tripp's father, Bill Halstead, shared that doctors are happy with the results of a C-T scan performed earlier in the day. The boy's mother, Stacy Halstead, also shared that for the first time since Tripp was injured during Hurricane Sandy, he actually made a noise that sounded like a baby's moan as he was moved from his bed to her arms. The toddler's parents expressed their joy over now being able to hold Tripp and even sit next to him in a chair.
They said he is awake but still not communicating or showing any emotion. They're not sure how much Tripp understands, but they are doing their best to comfort him.
On Saturday, that included one of Tripp's favorite pastimes: watching the NASCAR race together, where car "00" driven by Blake Koch is now dedicated to Tripp, his family and their mission.
Race cars were also on display at "Tripadoodle Day," a fundraiser organized by the owner and parents of the day care where Tripp was playing outside when winds from Hurricane Sandy snapped the large tree limb that hit him in the head.
"We've had people stop by the day care just to say they are praying," said owner Wilbanks.
"We just want to show that we care about them and we love them, and we just want to help because it's the right thing to do, and they would've helped if it was us," added a parent Jennifer Carlton.