Little League World Series player critically hurt in bunk bed fall receives supportive video from MLB star Mookie Betts

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Easton Oliverson of Utah’s Snow Canyon Little League suffered a skull fracture after falling from a bunk bed in the players’ dormitory in Williamsport, Pennsylvania early Monday morning, his team told CNN. He is being treated at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville, Pennsylvania, a hospital spokesperson said.

Support for Easton poured in after news of his injury made headlines. The Brigham Young University soccer team and Los Angeles Dodgers rightfielder Mookie Betts submitted supporting videos to Easton via Instagram.
“Hey Easton, it’s Mookie Betts. I just want you to know that we’re praying for you, thinking of you and hope to see you soon, my husband,” Betts, known as Easton’s favorite player, said on video Wednesday.

An additional post Wednesday on Easton’s Instagram also provided updates on the Little Leaguer.

“This morning’s updates have left us all in tears of joy,” the post read, accompanied by a photo of Easton and a video of him eating from a spoon with his eyes closed in his hospital bed.

The post also said Easton asked for water on Wednesday morning, which his doctors said was fine because it usually takes about a week or two for patients who have had a breathing tube removed to want to eat or drink.

“While Easton is making GREAT progress, he still has a long way to go,” the message read.

The injury happened early Monday morning, according to a statement from Little League International. St. George News reports that Easton fell out of bed in the middle of the night, citing a source within the team.

Easton was flown to the local children’s hospital, where he underwent surgery to stop the bleeding and stabilize him, according to his Instagram account. He was then placed in an artificial coma, his team said.

Easton’s father, Jace, who is an assistant coach on his son’s team, said in a statement: “There was a lot of blood in his brain and a lot of pressure was caused. He had what is called an epidural hematoma. He broke his skull and meanwhile punctured an artery outside the brain that caused the hemorrhage.”

The Little League World Series released a statement to CNN on Wednesday stating that the bunk beds in the players’ dorms had no railings and have since been removed from the dorms.

“Since 1992, Little League has been using institutional style bunk beds to give the players the most space to enjoy their time in the dorms. While these beds have no guardrails, Little League is not aware of any serious injuries occurring during that time.” , stated in the statement of the competition. “Out of great caution, Little League has made the decision to remove all bunk beds from the dorms and place each bed frame individually on the floor.”

The league said it would use all resources available to “support the player, his family and his coaches and teammates as we navigate this unfortunate situation.”

Easton’s Snow Canyon Little League team plays its first game of the Little League World Series on Friday afternoon. Snow Canyon is the first Utah team to make it to the series in the tournament’s 75-year history.

Jennifer Henderson 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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