Tripp Halstead, 2, is settling into his new home at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital.
Doctors took him there Tuesday to start his rehab after a falling tree branch nearly took his life three weeks ago.
His parents, Bill and Stacy Halstead, said it was a smooth transition to the new hospital where he will begin his extensive rehab.
"Just going to a rehab hospital is a huge step. It signifies that he has that chance. He has a chance for recovery and we're excited to take the steps with him," said Bill Halstead.
But those steps won't be easy.
"He's more or less going to be like a newborn. Maybe even before that because when born you can swallow. When born first thing they do is try to feed you. Even that he has to relearn," said Tripp's dad.
It's something that could be a very long and painful process for both Tripp and his parents.
"Now we're going to have to watch him struggle to learn things he already knew and they said its going to rip your heart out and its going to be frustrating, but we just have to stay with it and it's all for the best," said Stacy Halstead.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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