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Tripp to have 13th surgery

Tripp Halstead, a Winder toddler recovering from a head injury when a tree branch hit him while at a daycare center.

Tripp Halstead, a Winder toddler recovering from a head injury when a tree branch hit him while at a daycare center.

A 13th surgery is scheduled for Tripp Halstead, but this time it's not on his brain.

The toddler who has been in a hospital for more than five months, except for last weekend, will have a surgery on Friday to remove his gallbladder.

"It is kind of hard to imagine that a 2-year-old having his gallbladder removed is something we consider minor surgery, but considering what Tripp has gone through, this seems like nothing," his father Bill wrote on Facebook. "It has been nice having a couple of days away from work to spend up here with Tripp, being around him really keeps thing in perspective."

The family earlier this week announced that if the surgery goes well, the toddler could leave the hospital and return to his grandparents' home on Monday.

Earlier this week, Halstead had elevated liver enzymes, an inflamed pancreas and gall stones. But on Wednesday, his heart rate and breathing returned to normal levels.

The family also announced that the Gwinnett Braves and Fundracers will host a 5K and Fun Run to help support the Halstead family on June 22 at Coolray Field. The chip-timed event will also be a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Music, door prizes, awards and food are planned for the event. For more information or to register, go to www.trippstrot.com.

Early bird registration is available for $25 before May 22nd. Family discount registration is available.