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After just this week fracturing his skull in a fall from a bunk bed, Easton "Tank" Oliverson understandably will miss his team's opening game Friday at the Little League World Series.

But, oh, did that 12-year-old still want to play. "When he asked what day it was and we told him, he asked us, 'Am I able to play on Friday?' And I just shook my head at him and I'm like, 'Sorry, buddy. You can't. We've got to get you better, first,'" Easton's father, Jace Oliverson, told CNN Thursday. "And the sheer tears he was shedding was just, it was, oh my gosh."

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That Easton is alive is nevertheless a victory that his family -- along with the Little League community and well-wishers around the world -- is celebrating. Easton, of Utah's Snow Canyon Little League, still will be in a children's when his team, representing the Mountain Region, plays a club from Tennessee at 3 p.m. ET in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. After his team earned a trip to Williamsport by winning a regional championship in California, Easton fell early Monday from a bunk bed at the players' dormitory and fractured his skull. He had fallen in his sleep, the St. George News in Utah reported, citing a source within the team.

Easton was airflifted to a local children's . His father, an assistant coach for the team, awoke around 1:30 a.m.

to the news and soon learned his son was " for his life," the dad said. "Doctors (were) saying he's 30 minutes, max, from , with so much pressure on his brain stem," Jace Oliverson told CNN. "There are some children that arrive in a very, very poor state, and Easton's state upon arrival was among the poorest I've seen," Dr. Frank Maffei, chair of pediatrics at Geisinger Janet Weis Children's in Danville, Pennsylvania, said.

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Easton underwent to stop and stabilize him, and then was put into a medically induced coma. His made headlines, and support came flooding in. Utah's Brigham Young University football team and Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts submitted supportive videos through Instagram for Easton. Then the news got brighter, documented via an Instagram account -- "miraclesfortank," nodding to his nickname -- set up to provide updates on his condition. An early post said his breathing tube was out and a scan looked promising. By Wednesday, Easton was no longer sedated, waking up more and asking for water, the account announced.

On Thursday, the family announced Easton had been moved out of an intensive care unit, was sitting up in a chair, could feed himself, could take two steps with support and was talking more with his family.

Easton is making " strides toward recovery and we are expecting him to have a really near complete recovery," Dr. Oded Goren, who specializes in cerebrovascular and endovascular neurosurgery, said. Easton's condition was upgraded to fair on Friday, according to doctors at the . His father is grateful for the medical care and support and "the prayers that we've been receiving across the nation."

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"My wife and I, from the very beginning (knew) the only way that we're going to get through this is with the love and support and faith and prayers to our heavenly Father. ... He is showing people now that miracles do happen," Jace Oliverson said. Easton's younger brother, 10-year-old Brogan, was set to take Easton's place on the team's roster for Friday's game, their father said. The team is the first from Utah to make it to the series in the 75-year history of the tournament.

"We were able to tell Easton about (Brogan promotion), and he cried, and I asked Easton, 'Are those happy tears or sad tears?' and he did express both," Easton's uncle, Derrick Oliverson, said. "He's happy for his little brother. (But) he's so .

He doesn't get to participate in something every Little Leaguer dreams of doing." It's not clear how long Easton will stay in the Pennsylvania , his dad said. 

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The family will discuss that with staff at that facility and one in Utah. The boy still has a lot of physical and mental therapy ahead, the father said.

"It's still going to be a long road for him," Jace Oliverson said. “Even though he's progressed to the point to where he's cognitively there and he can physically move (and) understand what's going on, it's still going to take a lot of time.”

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Ruth Mazon

Aug 22, 2022

He has been in my prayers 🙏 ❤ for his healing. I thank God for his recovery and that he does well in his long journey of healing. Love and blessings.

Susan Westmoreland

Aug 21, 2022

Easton! Praise God for answering our prayers, buddy! What a miracle you are! God is so good, and we'll be praying that your team will play on for you and do an outstanding job, just for you! Love and prayers from Mountain Home, Arkansas!!

Aug 21, 2022

Praise God for touching and healing your son. He is a good God.

Bode Laura

Aug 21, 2022


Borsky Corpus

Aug 21, 2022

Prayets for Tank's full and speedy recovery

Shernelle Jones

Aug 21, 2022

God has his hands on u buddy bc only God/prayers and the hands of the doctors have gotten this far. Keep that fighting spirit to help u make a speedy recovery. You already have a village (mom, dad etc) that’s going to be supportive and help u don’t this road of recovery…. YOU GOT THIS!! Don’t look at how the long the road is to RECOVERY look at how far you’ve come! IM PROUD OF YOU ALREADY CHAMP, bc you were down bad and THE SPIRIT lifted you up with the hands of praying warriors, faith and Man’s creations ! God is AWESOME bc u didn’t just get up again but u was ready TO GET BACK TO PLAYING which ultimately means you’re in no pain and you’re a strong young man bc u don’t stay for long u get back up! My prayers and thoughts are with u all as u work through this! I KNOW U CAN DO IT! NEVER GIVE UP NO MATTER WHAT!!🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 💪🏽💪🏽 GOD BLESS

Winnifred Davis

Aug 21, 2022

EASTON u may not have participated in this year's LLWS but u are the talk of the game. Continue with the positive progress and may God Continue to bless you.


Aug 21, 2022

God is so good I pray that he is blessed with luck


Aug 21, 2022


Dena Thomas Daniel

Aug 20, 2022

So glad to hear he is doing better. I don’t know the severity of his current condition, but I have a feeling he will make a full recovery. IMO, kids involved in sports at this level have a better chance at full recovery. They know what hard work and determination is all about. keep fighting

Shannon Devinney

Aug 20, 2022

Easton little man you are a fighter you will be right back on that field, we are all here rooting for you to get better, maybe we will see you're name is the big league one day, get better little man prayers for you and your family

Janey Rolfe

Aug 20, 2022

Don't give up on your dreams little man. Life can kick you in the a** but you have to keep going. It sucks now but it'll get better your young. I hope you have a speedy recovery and continue to play baseball

Barbara Richter

Aug 20, 2022

Continued prayers for Easton, his family, and his team. I have a new team to cheer for this year. Let’s go Utah, our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

Jacinthe Aardema

Aug 20, 2022

We are praying for you Easton! Keep up the great recovery! God Bless you, your family, your medical team and your baseball team!

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