• Tripp Halstead's mother describes moment he was rushed to hospital


    BARROW COUNTY, Ga. - The Barrow County boy who was critically injured when a tree limb fell on him is recovering once more after he was rushed to the hospital Friday morning.

    The Halstead family posted on Facebook that Tripp was at an eye appointment when he passed out.

    “I couldn't wake him up,” mother Stacy Halstead said. “His eyes rolled back a little. Scared me to death!!”

    Stacy said she kissed on him, beat on his chest and wiggled his arms. When he didn't respond, she picked him up out of his stroller and tried to wake him up. When that didn't work, she knew something was wrong.

    “He was unresponsive for about 10 minutes,” Stacy Halstead said. “He never stopped breathing as far as we could tell and when we did getting a O2 reading it was low.”


    Stacy said once Tripp was given oxygen and a breathing treatment, he started opening his eyes.

    Tripp was transported by ambulance to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where they took chest X-rays and ran tests.

    Stacy later posted he was doing good and was discharged.

    Tripp was initially injured in October 2012 when winds attributed to Hurricane Sandy brought a tree limb down on the playground of his daycare center.

    The limb, 12 to 14 feet in length and about 8 inches in diameter, likely weighing several hundred pounds, struck the toddler at the Cribs to Crayons center on Church Street, Winder Fire Chief Matt Whiting said.

    The limb fell onto the toddler’s head, fracturing his skull.

    Emergency responders transported the boy to Barrow Regional Medical Center before he was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

    Tripp has undergone more than a dozen surgeries since the accident.

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