Injured IU football player expected to make full recovery
Doctors say an Indiana University football player who nearly drowned in Florida has come out of a medically-induced coma and is expected to make a full recovery.
Isaac Griffith's condition has been upgraded to serious, but stable, but he his still being treated for pneumonia and damage to his lungs suffered in the accident.
Shannon Griffith says doctors removed his son from a ventilator Wednesday and brought him out of the coma. He tweeted that his son "woke up well and is breathing on his own." He is also responding to his name and moving his hands and feet.
Griffith's father says the family is "still in a marathon" for their son's recovery, with "little battles in front of us." He and his wife, Kim, have been at their son's bedside since shortly after the accident.
"This is everything we hoped and prayed for," Shannon Griffith said in a statement Thursday. "We appreciate all the prayers and kind words we received from friends and followers on Twitter over the past few days – and we are extremely grateful for the caregivers here at Sarasota Memorial. Not only Isaac's doctor, but also the nurses, respiratory therapists and other staff. They took our family under their wings, knowing a big part of our support system was up north, and helped us through this whole experience. We are so very grateful for everything."
Isaac Griffith, a wide receiver on the IU roster, almost drowned near Sarasota after getting caught in a rip current. Friends, including teammate Nick Stoner of Greenwood, helped pull him to shore.
The sheriff's department said Griffith was drinking with those friends before going swimming, but IU student Mitch McCune, who performed CPR, told ESPN the group had not been drinking.