Easton Oliverson: Little League World Series player faces swelling limiting his ability to see


Doctors told parents that 12-year-old Easton “Tank” Oliverson’s facial swelling has increased, according to an Instagram account set up to provide updates on his recovery.

“The swelling in his face has increased and doctors have told his parents it will get worse,” the message read. “This has limited Easton’s ability to see, which is a unique challenge for him. While we have seen (and still are) a countless number of wonders in Easton’s journey, he will still have difficult moments like today.”

“Yet he still makes sure to tell everyone he talks to that he loves them. Instead of complaining, he chooses to express his love. That’s really the kind of kid that Easton is, that’s why we know that he will come out of this with so much power. Please keep praying for our buddy. We love you all!!”

The post also said Oliverson, dressed in his Mountain Region gear, was able to watch Friday’s game between his team and Tennessee’s Nolensville Little League from his hospital room.

“This was a very emotional afternoon for him,” the post said.

Oliverson suffered a fractured skull Monday morning after falling from a bunk bed in the players’ dormitory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His team, Utah’s Snow Canyon Little League, earned a trip to Williamsport after winning a California regional championship.

The young athlete was flown to a children’s hospital in critical condition. His father told CNN he was “fighting for his life” as doctors said he was just 30 minutes from death. He underwent surgery and was kept in an artificial coma.

In the days since, Oliverson has made impressive strides toward recovery, as documented on the Instagram account “miraclesfortank.” On Wednesday he was no longer sedated and on Thursday he left an intensive care unit and was able to feed himself.

The Little Leaguer has received an outpouring of support from across the country. On Saturday, Kevin Cash, the manager of Tampa Bay Rays in Major League Baseball, sent Oliverson a heartfelt message.

“We’ve been tracking your progress and want to let you know that you have fans you’ve never met in Florida who are really rooting for you,” Cash said in an Instagram video to @miraclesfortank. “I remember how excited I was to have the chance to play in the Little League World Series. Baseball has something that brings people together. It’s like an extended family.”

“We are here for each other to celebrate the victories and we encourage each other in challenging times. Tank, we are sending positive thoughts and good wishes to you and the Snow Canyon Little League…Let’s do this for Tank.”

The post thanked the Rays for the message. “Thank you @raysbaseball for sending this heartfelt message. The support means the world and more to Easton and his family!”

Jason Hanna, Jason Carroll and Carolyn Sung of CNN contributed to this report.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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