“As I was driving to the pediatrician’s office,” she wrote. “I could tell Tripp was getting worse, and I wasn’t sure I had enough oxygen in the tank I brought to make it to Atlanta especially in heavy traffic. “So, we took a detour to Athens.” The family lives in Jefferson, roughly 60 miles from Atlanta.
Doctors performed blood work on Tripp, did x-rays and gave him an IV. They also said his oxygen levels were low and carbon dioxide levels were high.
“They said his left lung was cloudy and it could be pneumonia or a mucus plug, but since they don’t have a (pediatrician) ICU, they are sending us to CHOA (Children’s Healthcare of Atlana),” she wrote.
That was 2 p.m.
By 9 p.m. Thursday, Tripp’s father Bill Halstead confirmed his death to Channel 2 Action News.
On Oct. 29, 2012, Tripp — then 2 years old — was at his Winder day care when a tree branch fell on him, injuring both sides of his brain. The toddler remained in a coma for weeks and was brought home from the hospital nearly 10 months after the accident.
Since then, the family posted regular updates on the Tripp Halstead Updates Facebook account.
Just after 11:30 p.m., Stacy Halstead thanked the loyal following Tripp garnered in the years since his accident.
“There are no words to express how Bill and I are feeling at this moment,” she wrote. “We are beyond devastated and honestly I believe I am in shock...(Tripp) was our whole world.”
A tree limb fell on the boy, causing brain damage five years ago.