Winder toddler Halstead makes strides in recovery

Wednesday was full of good news for Team Boom.

The name tied to supporters of Winder toddler Tripp Halstead was celebrated when doctors removed all of the tubes from his face on Wednesday, which left only one tube remaining in his head that is expected to be removed on Thursday. That proved to be the best news of the week for Halstead, 2, who suffered a collapsed lung over the weekend, and had a breathing tube re-inserted on Sunday night.

Halstead's mother, Stacy, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday afternoon that her son was "doing great still" and "really looks amazing right now" recovering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

In an update on Wednesday night, Stacy wrote that swelling was down, his bite blocker was out and "he is starting to look like Tripp again."

Because mucus has built up, Stacy wrote that hearing him breathe "sounds so scary," but because the breathing tube was removed on Wednesday, doctors and nurses didn't want to suction too often.

The family also announced that Nationwide driver Blake Koch will drive the No. 00 car at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday completely dedicated to "#TEAMBOOM" with pictures, logos and decals. Cars from two other teams will also feature "#TeamBoom" decals. Team Boom is a reference to the toddler's affinity for fist bumps and accompaning sound effects.

Halstead was critically injured late last month when a large tree branch fell on his head while he played outside his Barrow County daycare. He opened his eyes on Nov. 7 for the first time since the Oct. 29 incident.

The first good news of the week came when Halstead responded to lung treatments on Monday night, and his mother wrote that the family watched him yawn and move his eyes around the room.

Since the incident last month, at least 30 businesses or individuals have setup fundraisers or other donation events in honor of Halstead. A Tripp H. Halstead Fund is setup at PNC Bank branches, and monetary donations can be made at teamboom4tripp.com. "Team Boom" T-shirts can be purchased at support-tripp.org.