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Tripp has smooth transition to new hospital

One of the more significant steps in the recovery of Tripp Halstead received a thumbs up on Tuesday.

The Winder toddler injured late last month when a tree limb fell on his head at a Barrow County daycare moved from Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston to CHOA Scottish Rite. His mother, Stacy, wrote on the "Tripp Halstead Updates" Facebook page that the move went well.

"We are getting all settled in right now. Very smooth transition," she wrote. "Thank you again for all the prayers that have gotten this far. We are going to get through this!! GO TEAM BOOM!!"

Late Tuesday night, Halstead's father Bill wrote on Facebook that rehabilitation will begin at 9 a.m. today.

"I am really excited and anxious all at the same time," Bill wrote. "This seems like crunch time for the next week. In about a week we will be getting an evaluation from his medical team about Tripp, this evaluation will tell us a lot about what his treatment plan will be, what they feel his outcome will be and how long we might be here."

The Oct. 29 incident caused a severe brain injury, his parents have said, and Stacy has described her 2-year-old son as if he's a newborn.

"He can't hold his head up on his own, he still has no expression except a moan when he gets upset," Stacy wrote. "He doesn't really move his arms and legs yet on his own."

Medical personnel offered Tripp a spoonful of water on Monday, but the toddler wouldn't swallow, his mother wrote.

Tripp's head is still swollen, and part of his skull is missing.

While many of the tubes connected to his face and head were removed last week, Stacy wrote that there is still a feeding tube in Tripp's nose and wires attached to his chest.

On Sunday, Tripp's father Bill, wrote that results from a CT scan revealed that his son's brain injury is very severe.

"The doctor told us that most injuries like this, people do not survive," Bill wrote. "The surgeon said today that he told us the night of the surgery Tripp had a 50/50 chance to make it through the night, neither of us remember that because of the shock."

On Monday, Atlanta-area Chili's locations plan to donate 10 percent of all sales from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with each flyer presented, to "Team Boom" to offset the Halstead family's medical costs. Flyers can be found at the "Tripp Halstead Updates" Facebook page, or at chilis.com.