08:51 PT — In a statement released Tuesday morning, Oliverson’s family said the baseball player was showing positive signs of recovery.
“Just 36 hours ago, Easton was 30 minutes away from his death,” the family said. “Now, 36 hours later, he has a team of Trauma 1 doctors who are absolutely amazed by his enormous progress.”
“One of his doctors said everything they hoped Easton could do in the last 12 hours he did and more.”
The family asks for the prayers to continue.
A 12-year-old baseball player who is preparing to compete in this week’s Little League World Series in Pennsylvania is now fighting for his life – after falling from a bunk bed in the Williamsport venue dormitory complex over the weekend -end.
Easton Oliverson — who pitches and plays in the field for the Snow Canyon Little League team making its first-ever LLWS appearance this month — suffered a fractured skull in the Sunday night incident, according to his uncle, Spencer Beck.
Beck tells TMZ Sports … Oliverson was sleeping on the top bunk, when he suddenly fell out of bed and hit his head. He was immediately taken to hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.
Beck tells us that Oliverson, who has earned the nickname ‘Tank’, is currently in a medically induced coma – although he and the rest of the family are optimistic the boy will recover.
“He’s a very good boy, very affectionate,” Beck said. “Full of smiles. Just a fun, fun kid – so we’re all praying for him.”
Little League officials released a statement on Monday regarding Oliverson’s condition… saying: “At the request of his family, Little League International encourages everyone to join us in keeping the Little League player. of Snow Canyon and his family in our thoughts and prayers as we wish you a full recovery.”
“Little League International will continue to use all available resources, including those provided by UPMC in North Central Pennsylvania, through the Player Wellness Center, to support the player, his family, his coaches and his teammates, as we navigate this unfortunate situation.”
Oliverson’s team, meanwhile, said they would still play their first World Series game in Williamsport on Friday – writing in a statement that Oliverson’s father, who coaches the team, wanted they continue in the tournament.
“Though our hearts are heavy,” the team said in the statement, “we are committed as a team to having the opportunity to participate in something that others only dream of.”
Beck tells us the family set up a Venmo account for Oliverson — @MiraclesForTank — to help with medical bills.
Originally Posted — 7:37 AM PT