It was eight weeks ago when a Winder toddler was injured from a falling tree branch during Superstorm Sandy.
Now the parents of 2-year-old Tripp Halstead are proudly showing off new pictures of him to share his progress with their more 100,000 followers on Facebook.
"We just decided it was time," Stacy Halstead talked to CBS Atlanta News about why she and her husband Bill Halstead posted the latest pictures of Tripp. "Everybody seems to have adopted him as their own baby. And he looks really good."
The new pictures show the toddler's full face now that the breathing tube has been removed and the feeding tube relocated.
Tripp was injured in late October after winds from Superstorm Sandy blew a tree branch and knocked him unconscious, while playing outside his Winder day care. He suffered a brain injury and has endured several surgeries since then.
Stacy Halstead said her son continues to show progress during his physical therapy sessions at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
"It's still baby steps. Every little step is in the right direction," Stacy Halstead said.
Tripp is starting to swallow and his parents are hopeful the return of his bright smile will be his next big accomplishment.
Several communities have come forward holding various fundraisers which have allowed Stacy Halstead to stay by the side of their only child.
"It just helps beyond words. It's really nice we have the support," Stacy Halstead said.
Doctors haven't been able to tell the Halsteads how long Tripp will stay in the hospital.
Stacy Halstead said as long as he continues to show progress, their insurance will allow Tripp to continue with in hospital physical therapy before moving to out patient physical therapy.
"It's possible Tripp could stay in the hospital until summer time," Stacy Halstead said. "But if things continue as planned, there wont be any more surgeries."
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