Parents Get Encouraging News About Injured Toddler

ATLANTA (AP/WAOK) – The parents of a toddler hospitalized after being struck by a falling tree branch say he’s making progress in his recovery — and doctors now expect him to survive.

Stacy Halstead says doctors this week told her that 2-year-old Tripp Halstead is “on this side of survival.”

Authorities say the boy was on the playground of his day care center in Winder when the tree limb crashed onto a fence and then struck him. Whiting says the limb was 12 to 14 feet long and likely weighed several hundred pounds.

Tripp remains in a medically-induced comma at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Bill Halstead said he’s been on “Cloud 9” since doctors on Tuesday told the parents they expect the boy to survive.

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