A young child crushed by a large tree branch during Hurricane Sandy more than five years ago died Thursday afternoon. I was 7 years old.
Tripp Halstead, of Winder, Ga., Played on the playground of his daycare center in October 2012, when the fierce winds of the superstorm brought him a large tree branch on his head. I was only 2 years old at that time.
The child remained in a coma for weeks after the incident, leaving him severely injured with severe head trauma. The brave boy struggled for months to survive, gaining widespread support from those who continued their journey on social media.
Tripp was finally able to return home 10 months later and his mother, Stacy Halstead, continued to post frequent updates on her condition.
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Halstead shared the tragic news of his pbading on Facebook late Thursday night.
"There are no words to express how Bill and I feel at this moment," his mother wrote. "I'm in shock, our amazing, perfect, beautiful and miraculous son, Tripp Hughes Halstead pbaded away at 5:47 p.m. today He was our whole world."
Halstead, earlier in the day, wrote about how he noticed that Tripp "was having a hard time breathing" when he went to wake him up at school. His parents took him to the hospital, where they were told that his son might have pneumonia.
Both parents were in the hospital room when he died Thursday night, Halstead said.
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"Your little body has just finished fighting this latest infection." Her little heart gave up, "he continued. "This winter was brutal for him, I'm so grateful he had the best summer of all
" Jet skis, Disney World, the list is endless and that's when I got those incredible smiles. "
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