A 2-year-old child critically injured when a tree branch fell on his head during Superstorm Sandy faces a major set back.
Tripp Halstead has now contracted bacterial meningitis and underwent emergency surgery late Thursday night. He was supposed to go home from the hospital on Friday.
"This caught us very much by surprise. It's just we've come so far and I asked the doctor today if it was life-threatening and he said, 'yes, at this moment,'" mom Stacy Halstead said.
Tripp faces new obstacles, ones his parents never imagined after the journey they've already been on.
"They told us he had bacterial meningitis, which is very serious, especially someone in his condition, so they had a whirlwind going really fast," dad Bill Halstead said.
Doctors performed emergency surgery Thursday night to remove Tripp's shunt, pump and tubing. They were recently added through surgery to help him.
"When they pull everything out they call it a bacterial shower and it's all the bacteria that had been growing on his equipment releases and he has developed sepsis as well, which just compounds the problem," Bill Halstead said.
The Halsteads said Tripp was resting peacefully in the ICU on Friday. It's the first rest he's had in days.
It's been more than three months since a tree limb struck Tripp outside his Winder daycare.
"Yesterday was the worst day in the whole three months just because he had survived, and we were making progress and we were going to take him home, and now we don't know again," Stacy Halstead said.
They said the community support and all of the comments on the Tripp Halstead Updates Facebook page help them stay strong for Tripp.
"It makes you feel so good and not alone and they're praying. The fact that so many people around the world are praying for our little Winder boy is just so, sometimes it's just overwhelming, you don't even understand," Stacy Halstead said.
Doctors told the Halsteads they're optimistic Tripp will pull through. He is on an antibiotic. They will wait to see how the medication works.
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