Tripp shows improvement, leaves ICU

Sleep was a common theme in a recent string of updates from Tripp Halstead's parents, and for all involved, that was some of the best news in a while.

The toddler who suffered a traumatic brain injury in October at a Barrow County daycare showed enough improvement in a fight against infection and bacteria to be moved out of an intensive care unit on Thursday afternoon.

"We are in a new room now with our own bathroom. Doesn't get much better than that," his mother, Stacy, wrote on the Facebook page "Tripp Halstead Updates." "Tripp is doing really good today. No throw up. All his stats look good. He has been awake without crying and taken peaceful naps."

That followed an update late Thursday morning from Halstead's father, Bill.

"I think we were all catching up on some much needed sleep!!," he wrote. "Tripp had a great night, he slept pretty much completely through!!"

About a month ago, Halstead was diagnosed with life-threatening bacterial meningitis, had an emergency surgery and at one point had been awake for 51 straight hours.

This week, the Roswell nonprofit Sunshine on a Ranney Day announced plans to begin the remodel of the family's new home on March 24.

The family also announced that the Gwinnett Gladiators will hold a fundraiser to benefit the family on March 30. For every ticket bought online at gwinnettgladiators.com, the hockey team will donate $5.