Easton Oliverson — the Little League World Series player put in a medically induced coma following emergency surgery after he hit his head falling from a bunk bed in Williamsport, Pa. — is awake and speaking, according to his family.
“He asked for water this morning,” his family wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “The doctors said that this is good because it usually takes a week or two for patient’s to usually have the desire to eat or drink after having gotten their breathing tube out!”
The 12-year-old player from the Snow Canyon team in Utah fractured his skull Sunday after falling from his bunk bed inside the Pennsylvania barracks where he and his team were staying. Easton was airlifted to a local children’s hospital, where he underwent surgery to stop bleeding around his brain caused by a punctured artery.
On Tuesday, doctors removed his breathing tube and his parents, Jace and Nancy, reported an MRI scan was “very promising.”
Wednesday’s update went even further in that direction.
“He has been waving at Jace and Nancy, and mouthing the words ‘I love you,’” his family wrote in the post. “The doctors asked him if he knew his name and he said, ‘Easton.’ They asked him if he knew his age and he said, ’12.’ This is big!”
Oliverson has been able to communicate with friends, and he even received a some support from a new one.
“Easton’s favorite baseball player [Mookie Betts] sent him a video showing his support,” the family’s Facebook post read. “Jace showed him the video this morning, and he started to cry.”
Jace Oliverson is an assistant on the Snow Canyon team, which will will open its Little League World Series run on Friday, representing the Mountain Region.