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Little Leaguer who fractured skull in bunk fall leaves hospital: 'Thank you for all of your prayers'

Easton Oliverson, 12, has been hospitalized since Aug. 15 after falling out of a bunk bed and fracturing his skull at the Little League World Series.
/ Source: TODAY

The 12-year-old Little League World Series player who was seriously injured in a fall from his bunk bed earlier this month is leaving a hospital in Pennsylvania, and will be transferred to a facility in his home state of Utah, according to a post on social media.

"While this is a great step forward, it’s bitter sweet leaving behind the people that have put their heart and souls into Easton’s recovery," Easton Oliverson's family wrote in a post on Instagram. "THANK YOU to each and every individual at Geisinger Hospital who played a role in taking care of, and saving our boy."

Easton also addressed his followers directly in a different post Tuesday morning, thanking supporters for their prayers as he continued his recovery.

"Thank you for all of your prayers, please keep praying for me as I continue to get better," the boy said, smiling but with one eye still swollen shut. "I know that prayers and blessings have worked." 

Dr. Oded Goren, a neurosurgeon at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, told TODAY last week he thinks Easton's recovery has been "just fantastic."

"It's impossible to really predict at such early stages, but the way he recovered and the way the initial scans looked after his surgery ... there are no signs of injuries to the brain itself from the initial trauma," Goren said. "So taking the images, which look fantastic, and taking his clinical progression, that is doing so well, I'm hopeful to have full recovery."

Nancy Oliverson, Easton's mother, told TODAY last week she was also confident her son was going to recover.

"He's been moving mountains with his recovery," Oliverson said. "We've gotten so many prayers on his behalf that I, without a shadow of doubt, I think he will. He's a warrior out here."

Easton's recovery has captured the attention of sports fans and thousands of others online, as supporters watch for updates on the family-run Instagram account, @miraclesfortank, which refers to his nickname, "Tank."

"It's just like miracles happening right before my eyes," Nancy Oliverson told TODAY last week. "I get so emotional thinking about Easton's whole journey and the support he's had from ultimately the whole country. You know, these things that people do to brighten his day."

Oliverson said Easton has recently received signed jerseys from the New York Yankees and Utah Jazz player Donovan Mitchell, as well as handwritten notes from his friends and neighbors. Easton’s favorite baseball player, Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, shared a video last week showing support for his recovery.

Easton, a pitcher and outfielder, was in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to compete in the Little League World Series with his team, Snow Canyon, on Aug. 15 when he fell out of his bunk bed and hit his head.

He was taken to an area hospital, where doctors determined he had fractured his skull and airlifted him to Geisinger Medical Center.

Goren said a team of doctors from across the hospital diagnosed Easton within six minutes of his arrival, and they immediately took him into surgery after a CAT scan revealed a hematoma in his brain.

The team decided to leave a portion of Easton's skull off during the surgery, to allow the brain to swell if needed, which is expected after this type of injury. Easton had a second surgery Friday to replace the piece of his skull, according to his family.

Easton's team was the first team from Utah to make it to the Little League World Series. Easton's little brother Brogan flew in to fill Easton's spot on the team, though Snow Canyon was eliminated from the tournament earlier this week.

After Eason's fall, Little League said in a statement to NBC News it would be removing bunk beds from the dorms at the Little League World Series.

"While these beds do not have guard rails, Little League is unaware of any serious injuries ever occurring during that period of time," the league said. "Out of an abundance of caution, Little League has made the decision to remove all bunks from within the dorms and have each bed frame individually on the floor."