Two year old boy suffered a traumatic brain injury after a tree branch
crashed down on him.
Last October, two year old Tripp Halstead of Georgia sustained a critical
brain injury during Hurricane Sandy. The toddler’s skull was shattered after
a tree branch crashed down on him during the storm. Since the accident,
Tripp has undergone over a dozen surgeries and faced complications including
bacterial infections, flu, and meningitis. He is unable to walk or talk,
cannot make basic facial expressions, and is unable to eat solid food.
The toddler requires extensive therapy – his mother quit her job
in order to take care of Tripp full time and in order to oversee his medical care.
Family’s Facebook page inspires couple to raise over $150,00 for
Since Tripp’s accident occurred, his family has posted regular updates
about his condition and progress on a Facebook page entitled, “Tripp
Halstead Updates”. To date, the page has over 750,000 followers.
When New York couple David and Kaete Nazaroff, who have a child that is
the same age as Tripp, came upon the Facebook page and read the posts
about Tripp’s condition, they were inspired to do something to help
the Halstead family. Through their fundraising efforts, the Nazaroffs
were able to raise over $150,000 for the Halstead family.
Husband biked 900 miles to deliver money to the injured boy’s family.
David Nazaroff then traveled 900 miles over the course of six days on a
solo bike ride from his home in New York to Jefferson, Georgia in order
to deliver the money he and his wife helped raise to the Halsteads. David
even pulled Tripp for the final mile of the journey. The Nazaroffs named
the bike ride, “The Toga Multisport Ride to Give” and encouraged
donations through the use of a Facebook page which featured special donation
days such as, “Two for Tripp Tuesdays”. They plan on organizing
similar rides annually for other children who have sustained serious injuries.
Over 1.7 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury every year.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately
traumatic brain injuries occur every year. In addition, traumatic brain injuries are at least a
contributing factor in about one third of all injury related deaths. The
risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury is highest among children
between the ages of 0 and 4, teenagers between 15 and 19 years old, and
adults older than 65. Furthermore, males are more likely to sustain traumatic
brain injuries than their female counterparts. In 2000, the cost of traumatic
brain injuries, including both direct and indirect medical costs, totaled
in excess of $76 billion.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, you should
contact an attorney immediately. An attorney will be able to review the
facts of your case to determine whether another party may be liable for
your injuries. If so, your attorney will be able to help you receive the
compensation you deserve.