Successful surgery inserts pump in Tripp's stomach

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.

The latest procedure for Tripp Halstead was deemed a rousing success on Thursday.

"Great news," his father, Bill, wrote on the Facebook page, "Tripp Halstead Updates. "Tripp came through his surgery with flying colors!!! Many, many thanks to the skilled hands and minds who took care of our little buddy, so thank you again to all of them and thank you to all of you for your loving support and steadfast praying for Tripp."

Doctors inserted a Baclofen pump in Halstead's stomach, which is designed to restore normal balance and reduce muscle hyperactivity.

His mother, Stacy, wrote on Facebook that her son's midsection was wrapped with a white band with a hole for a feeding tube. She said her son has to be flat on his back for a few days to make sure the pump and tube up his spine are in place.

"It is going to be a challenge to change his diaper," Stacy said. "We can't lift his legs, so we are going to have to roll him from one side to the other."

The procedure left Halstead in pain, his mother said, but she said the family turned the lights and television off in his room to help the recovery.

"I hate hearing him cry out," Stacy wrote. "But at least we were warned he would be in lots of pain for a while, they are giving him pain meds, but that doesn't get rid of all the pain I guess."

Halstead, 2, a Winder resident, was critically injured in late October when a tree limb fell on his head at his Barrow County daycare. The family has spent the majority of their time since the incident at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, and recently at Scottish Rite.

"I am just so excited right now that everything went so well!!!," Bill wrote. "We have to keep an eye out for the usual surgical side effects now, with infection being the scary one, but once we get past that we can really push forward with rehab again!!!"

The Halsteads have consistently expressed their appreciation for the support of their son, mostly through the Facebook page, which has 135,000 "likes."

On Wednesday, a Chick-Fil-A in Carrollton held a "spirit night," one of dozens of restaurants around metro Atlanta who have donated a percentage of sales to the family to help with medical costs. The restaurant contributed 15 percent of sales from customers who presented a flyer to a cashier.

On Jan. 26, The Gate Coffee Shop in Cartersville will donate proceeds to the family from a canvas painting class.

A golf tournament at Chateau Elan to benefit the family is scheduled for Feb. 9. More information can be found at fortripp.com.

Last month, the Halsteads said they would need to sell their house, and find one that better suits their sons needs as he gets ready for rehab and therapy.