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Tripp able to sit in wheelchair for first time

Family Photo/Facebook Tripp Halstead sat in a wheelchair for the first time on Wednesday, six days after a pump was inserted in his stomach, which has allowed his body to be more flexible.

Family Photo/Facebook Tripp Halstead sat in a wheelchair for the first time on Wednesday, six days after a pump was inserted in his stomach, which has allowed his body to be more flexible.

The pump is already paying dividends.

Six days after Tripp Halstead had a Baclofen pump inserted in his stomach, the procedure allowed his body to be more flexible so he could sit in a wheelchair. So on Wednesday, Halstead received a "new hot rod (wheelchair) today," his father, Bill, wrote on Facebook.

"It is the first time since he had the Baclofen pump put in that he has been in his chair," Bill wrote on the page, "Tripp Halstead Updates." "Before the pump, it was like trying to put a board into a chair and today it was so easy!!!"

The pump is designed to restore normal balance and reduce muscle hyperactivity.

Bill also wrote that the family was scheduled to meet with nutritionists at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite to develop a solution to the nausea Halstead has dealt with recently.

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.