The next week is expected to be one of the most important in Tripp Halstead's recovery.
The Winder toddler critically injured on Oct. 29 when a tree limb fell on his head will have a feeding tube, also called a "G tube," inserted in his abdomen on Monday, his parents wrote on Facebook. The same day, doctors will reattach Halstead's skull, so the 2-year-old will undergo anesthesia one time, his mother Stacy wrote.
"It will be one more step on his road to recovery," his father, Bill, wrote. "Tripp is just so wide eyed right now, it is so cool. He is not showing any kind of emotion yet, but we are hopeful that will come soon."
Bill explained they are still unsure of his son's prognosis.
"We have heard people ask if he will be normal or 100 percent," Bill wrote. "The only thing I can say to that is what someone else shared with me earlier: we will have a new normal and he will be 100 percent Tripp."
During therapy, Halstead's parents are encouraged when he can swallow a sip of apple juice. On Saturday, they took him outside for the first time in more than a month.
Doctors are also trying to begin steps to have Halstead stand, eventually.
"They had him strapped to a stand up board," Stacy wrote. "They are trying to get him to put a little pressure on his feet. By no means is he standing alone, he it totally strapped in and held up, but just to see him in an upright position is awesome!"
Throughout therapy, his parents have written that their son often sweats, and has moisture on his nose and upper lip, what doctors have told them is a common symptom of victims of brain injuries.
"He goes through tons of pillow cases and sheets at night with all the sweating while the rest of us are freezing," Stacy wrote. "But they say people with a brain injuries need to be cold to be comfortable and my baby always comes first."