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Latest updates: Tripp Halstead fights infection, meningitis

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Tripp Halstead's parents say he is now battling bacterial meningitis and a life-threatening infection after undergoing emergency surgery on Thursday. 

Tripp is the 2-year-old Winder boy who was hit by a large tree branch outside his daycare center in October.  He has been at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite ever since.

You'll find the most recent updates on Tripp's condition here as we get them from his parents, Stacy and Bill.  You may also like Tripp's Facebook page by clicking here.

Monday, 9:45 p.m. - Bill writes that Tripp has been resting comfortably and that his "trademark crazy hair is coming back and you can hardly see his scar."

Monday, 1:15 p.m. - Stacy writes that Tripp was "awake most of the night, and has started shaking a little but they are on top of it and getting it under control. They still think he is doing better. Still has an infection in his blood so not sure how much longer we will be in ICU. They are doing all that they can to fight it."

Sunday, 6 p.m. - Stacy posts that it was a good day. She says that Tripp looks very content and she got to hold him for the first time since Thursday. He continues to be held in ICU, but appears to be improving.

Saturday, 2 p.m. - Stacy posts that Tripp is having a good day, and shares a photo of him sleeping in ICU.   "They are slowly trying to wake him up so we will see how that goes," she said.  Tripp's mom also asks that those who are following his story NOT try to call the hospital and ask for information on his condition.  Tripp is a privacy patient, so the hospital cannot release any information on him.  Tripp also is not able to have visitors, and will not be able to for the foreseeable future. 

Friday, 10 p.m.
--  Stacy writes that "Tripp is resting nicely and is doing really good. He is very stable and they only expect him to get better each day. Thank you for your prayers and have a great weekend. Love you all."

Tripp's Facebook page now has more than 205,000 followers.

Friday 5:45 p.m. -- Stacy Halstead posted that Tripp is still sleeping. She said that an ICU nurse is keeping watch on him 24/7.

"We know he is being taken care of and it is out of our hands at this moment. Thank you again for all prayers. We have really needed them. Love you all," Stacy posted.

Friday, 5 p.m. -- Tripp Halstead's parents told FOX 5's Chris Shaw that Thursday was the worst in the entire ordeal.

"Just because he had survived and we were making progress and we were going to take him home and now we don't know again. It's just so hard," said Stacy Halstead.

The boy's mother said that Tripp's symptoms kept getting worse after getting the flu last Friday.

"He just has laid there with his eyes open, not sleeping and that's just so hard to watch. Because his eyes would go to the top of his head or they would be crossed. He wouldn't focus. And that's when we knew something was seriously, seriously wrong with him," Stacy Halstead said. Click the video above to hear more from Tripp's parents.

Friday, 3 p.m. - Stacy posted, "Tripp is still the same. Sleeping and hanging in there."  She also pointed out that the Tripp Halstead Updates page is the only one that she and Bill post on, though others have been started.  To get updates, like them on Facebook or follow @trippupdates on Twitter.

Friday, 2 p.m. -
FOX 5's Chris Shaw spoke to Tripp's mom, who told him Thursday was the worst day of the last three months for Tripp.  "He'll pull through," she told him.  "It's just very dangerous."  More of her interview tonight on FOX 5 News at 5 & 6. 

Friday, 11 a.m. -
Tripp's dad says he has "multiple levels of infection, he has meningitis and inflammation in his ventricles, he has infection in his blood so they are also saying he has sepsis. When the shunt and Baclofen pump were removed, a "bacterial shower" occurred, this was expected.  Basically all the bacteria that had attached itself to the pump and tubing released into his body."  He posted a photo of Tripp to remind everyone how "tough he is," and thanked everyone for their prayers and support.

Friday, 10 a.m. -
Tripp's mom writes that she talked to his ICU doctor, "and he just said that Tripp is extremely sick, the infection is very serious and it is life-threatening."  She said Tripp was heavily sedated so he could sleep, and they were awaiting more tests.  "Just breaks my heart.  I can't lose my baby.  So please pray."

Friday, 2 a.m. - Stacy writes that they finally got in to see Tripp after his surgery for a short time.  "Tripp looked so pitiful. Wires coming out of his head, breathing tube down his throat, so pale and still shaking a bit. They had heating pads on his arms and feet trying to figure where to put another IV in him. I pray he sleeps all night."  She also writes that even though the surgery is over, "still have to deal with the meningitis and infection. Then have the shunt put back in all before we can even think about going home. Still got a long road ahead of us.

Friday, 12 a.m. - Tripp is out of surgery and in recovery.

Thursday, 10 p.m. - Stacy writes, "Bill and I just gave our baby tons and tons of smooches and shed some tears watching them take him into the OR. He is such a trooper. Surgery should last less than 2 hours. They are leaving the breathing tube in even after surgery this time so he should be sedated through the night in ICU. That makes me happy cause he will finally get some very much needed sleep."

Thursday, 9 p.m.
- Tripp's dad posts that Tripp's surgery time keeps getting bumped back because of other children's cases.  "Unfortunately there are other children who need the OR even more urgently than Tripp at the moment," he writes. "The day Tripp was injured we were one of them and were so grateful to be pushed to the front of the line, it helped save Tripp's life for sure, so we are happy to step aside and wait our turn."

Thursday, 5 p.m. - Stacy posts to clarify that Tripp is not contagious, and that Tripp's surgery is now scheduled for 7 p.m.

Thursday, 2 p.m. -   A new post on Tripp's Facebook page reads, "Please pray pray pray. They are taking him in for emergency surgery to remove the shunt and the pump. He has bacterial meningitis which is very life-threatening. He will be back in the ICU. Words can't describe what we are feeling except total heartbreak. Please pray. We need everyone of you to pray that he makes it thru this surgery."

Related Link | Tripp Halstead Updates on Facebook

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