Easton Oliverson is finally back home after his Little League World Series trip went horribly wrong.
The 12-year-old pitcher and outfielder for Utah’s Snow Canyon Little League team made headlines earlier this month after it was reported he had a broken bone skull and had to undergo emergency surgery due to a fall from the top of a bunk bed.
The injury happened shortly after Oliverson’s team arrived at their dorm in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Oliverson should have been kept sedated after a piece of his skull was removed, but he has recovered enough in the two weeks since the fall to finally be able to return to Utah on Wednesday, his family announced via his Instagram account.
The legend of the family:
Danville, Pennsylvania —> Salt Lake City, UT
Easton’s travel plans were executed so well yesterday, and he is now officially in his home country. UTAH!🤍 He was greeted by his dad, with his favorite nachos.
We feel extremely lucky to have him back close to home and making the improvements he is. We are confident he is where he is today thanks to his prayer army.🤍
Tank is one of the strongest kids we know. We’re excited to see what skills and strength he picks up during his time at SLC! Thank you for the continued prayers and support. Go Team Easton!! 💙
Not only did Oliverson fracture his skull, but he also suffered an epidural hematoma, in which a punctured artery outside the brain caused internal bleeding, per “Good Morning America.” He had to undergo additional surgery five days ago to put his skullcap back on.
Oliverson’s family have documented his recovery every step of the way, thanking his care team at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital profusely and welcoming all support for their son.
Oliverson’s situation sparked an outpouring of well-wishes, including from MLB figures like Mookie BetsAlex Cora and former Little League World Series star Todd Frazier, as well as the removal of all bunk beds from Little League World Series dorms.
With Oliverson sidelined, his Utah team lost their opener to the Midwest champions 10-2 earlier in the tournament. The West Region Hawaiian team won the event in dominant fashion on Sunday, beating the Caribbean champions 13-3 in a game vacated early by mercy rule.