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After 12th surgery, Tripp may go home soon, or to Maryland

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.

Tripp Halstead's 12th surgery went well on Wednesday, his mother wrote, but his family wasn't immediately sure if they would soon leave the hospital or travel to Maryland for a second opinion.

After the toddler experienced complications since the previous surgery on March 18, doctors searched for answers related to fluid and pressure on his brain. In recent days, his family reported Halstead "storming," which means he moans, cries, sometimes screams, arches his back and sweats.

If the latest procedure at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite repairs any complications, the family could go home in days, Halstead's mother Stacy wrote on Facebook.

"So I hope this shunt revision is our answer and we can finally get ready to head home soon," Stacy wrote following Wednesday morning's surgery. "We have learned he is always fussy about 24 hours after surgery, so I hope (Thursday) will be a good day and we can keep his pain under control."

A neurosurgeon said on Wednesday afternoon that Halstead, "did great and is looking good."

"They took all the staples out of his head from all the earlier surgeries and washed his hair, so now it is drying even crazier," Stacy wrote. "He has ointment on his head too, so the nurses aren't supposed to wash his hair until Monday."

If they leave the hospital soon, the family would stay with the toddler's grandparents while their new house is being remodeled to be wheelchair accessible.

Earlier this week, the family said they may travel to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland for a second opinion if Halstead doesn't show more improvement soon.

Friday is the five-month mark since Halstead suffered a traumatic brain injury outside a Barrow County daycare when a heavy tree limb fell on him.

On Saturday, the Gwinnett Gladiators will hold a fundraiser to benefit the family. For every ticket bought online at gwinnettgladiators.com, the hockey team will donate $5.

For more information or help with large group purchases for a church or company, contact Dustin Bixby at 770-497-5106

or dbixby@gwinnettgladiators.com.

Most of the family plans to attend the game, Stacy wrote.