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I continue to follow the story of little Tripp Halstead and his loving family. The above photo was taken of Tripp the day before his injury. If you haven't heard Tripp's story, please check it out. The short version is that he was involved in a tragic accident at his day care when a tree branch fell and hit him in the head, resulting in a severe brain injury (TBI).

Although I have been practicing personal injury law in Illinois and Missouri for 11 years now, and have learned more about children with severe injuries than I ever wanted, I have learned so much from little Tripp. I have learned what "storming" is following a traumatic brain injury and how horrible it can be for parents and family to watch.

Recently, tripp has been placed in an upright position to help his feet and legs remember how to walk. He has been wearing casts on his feet and hands to help his feet and hands remember how to hold certain positions. He has swallowed liquid and even turned his head (huge news!). I am amazed by the strength of his parents who have refused to leave his side, who have refused to blame the day care workers who couldn't have known this would happen, who have refused to give up hope.

Let's continue to rally around this little guy and his loved ones. Because their state of residence doesn't require day cares to carry insurance, this family is not receiving an insurance payout. You can imagine how expensive the medical care is and will be, even with insurance. You can also imagine how this toddler needs his parents with him to help him get better. Please donate so that Tripp's mother can focus on her little boy and stay with him at the hospital, and not have to return to work right now to pay the medical bills.

Happy holidays to Tripp and his family!

Lindsay Rakers, injury attorney

One Comment

  1. Gravatar for Tracy

    I have been reading the updates on Facebook as well. It's sad to imagine what this family must be going through and the costs they are incurring. I do see they have a lot of donations and restaurant deals going on and I wish I could do that for them out here in Colorado, I just don't know who or how or if businesses out here will even do anything for someone out of state.

    It truly is an amazing story and at first I didn't even believe it since some people just make up garbage on FB for attention, but the more I read the more I knew this was no joke.

    Sometimes I want to post some words of encouragement, but being an atheist I find it hard to do that since just about every post on their status is religious in some way. I don't pray, but I wish them the best and hope that little Tripp makes a full and complete recovery as quickly as possible.

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