Since Tripp Halstead, 2, was transferred to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite, he has been undergoing intensive therapy.
During that therapy, his parents, Bill and Stacy Halstead, said Tripp is staying awake longer and attempting to swallow water on his own.
"Today was the first day they put ice on his mouth to make a reaction, and then they felt his throat and they could see him swallow," Stacy Halstead said. "Things like that are baby steps, but he is making huge progress being here."
It was on Oct. 29 that Tripp was hit by a falling tree limb. At times, the Halstead's were told their son might not survive the night, and they should say their final goodbyes.
"A few weeks ago we were praying he would survive," Bill Halstead said. "Now, it's like we are praying he thrives in his new environment and gets back some of his functions."
Now that Tripp is at Scottish Rite, the Halstead's said they are learning everything they need to know about how to take care of their son, from giving him food through his feeding tube, to learning what the exercises he needs for physical therapy.
"It is still like he is a newborn and he can't control his head yet because of the swelling, and laying there for a month, but we do cradle him and every night, we get in the bed together and watch TV," Stacy Halstead said. "It really is nice to be able to take care of him more."
With each small step towards recovery the Halstead's said they are optimistic Tripp will one day be a kid again.
"We never give up hope he will be back to what he was, we would never do that to him," Stacy Halstead said. "We are extremely inspired when we look at him. We only tell him good things, and we know he will be the same."
The Halstead's have a Facebook page that update's Tripp's recovery daily.
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