Isaac Griffith Out of Coma

Indiana redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaac Griffith remains hospitalized in Sarasota, Fla. after a swim accident involving riptides on Monday. But Wednesday evening, his father reported on Twitter that his son is no longer in the medically induced coma and is responding to family members. will update this story as news occurs.

UPDATE: 9 p.m., Wednesday.

Shannon Griffith had good news Wednesday night regarding his son. He has been taken out of the medically induced coma and is responding to family members.

Here is what his dad had to say on Twitter Wednesday night.

"Today was a very good day for Isaac! Early this afternoon the doctors gave the orders to remove him from the ventilator and bring him out of his medically induced coma. He woke up well, is breathing on his own and resting at this present moment. We are still in a Marathon for his recovery and this two is just a little battle he is doing well.

"We still have those little battles in front of us. He has responded to his name immediately, moved his hands, squeezed Kim's hand, moved his feet. He has some issues they are treating with antibiotics for his lungs but that is something we expected.

"We are giving praise to God for his strength and still need your prayers We will update in the morning once he is evaluated but this was a big step forward for Isaac. Thanks for all the well wishes and support for our family our faith and strength in God and our prayers are being answered Isaac is #WinningTheLittleBattles #PrayForIke God bless.


UPDATE: 8 a.m., Wednesday.

Shannon Griffith, Isaac Griffith's dad, continues to keep everyone on the Twitter world up to date with the latest information on his son who remains in critical condition following a swimming accident Monday in Sarasota, Fla.

Here are the first tweets from Wednesday morning.

"Good morning. Ike had a positive night but we have some more little battles in front of us today. We know this is a marathon not a Sprint! Ike has won these little battles along the way. We continue to ask for prayers for Ike at #LittleBattles #PrayForIke #iufb.''

UPDATE: 11:35 p.m., Tuesday.

Isaac Griffith's father tweeted out the following update regarding his son's condition late Tuesday night.

"Just wanted to give an update on my son. He has won some small battles throughout the day, he is still on a ventilator but they have it down to 50% with him taking on 50% on his own. These are the small battles we are referring to.

"We continue to pray for lungs to show signs of healing and pray for the antibiotics they are giving him to ward of infection. We are thankful for the prayers and thoughts in this difficult time for our family.

"Isaac is receiving great care here at #SarasotaMemorial critical care unit. We continue to talk to Isaac because we believe he can hear us. Again thank you to everyone across the country for reaching out to our family. We will #wintheselittlebattles and plays #PrayForGrif #iufb.''

UPDATE: 6 p.m., Tuesday.

Indiana University's media relations department released the following statement with an update on Isaac Griffith's condition. It's a statement from his family.

Indiana University freshman Isaac Griffith remains in a medically induced coma in Sarasota Memorial's Critical Care Unit. His condition is critical, but stable. Doctors say he is showing small, but incremental improvements.

Isaac's parents, Shannon and Kim Griffith are by their son's side and deeply grateful for the prayers and support from friends and followers across the states. They have asked for privacy during their son's recovery and shared the following statement:

"We deeply appreciate the prayers and outpouring of support coming to us through tweets, calls and messages, both from Florida and Indiana. We are seeing positive signs throughout the day and winning small battles that give us hope."

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m., Tuesday.

According to the incident report from the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department, the incident occurred Monday at 6:30 p.m. when Griffith and three of his friends were swimming at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota.

Two of the three friends were IU football players: Nick Stoner and Ty Smith. The third was Mitch McCune. The report states that the group had been consuming alcohol before going swimming. McCune, however, in an interview later with the Associated Press denied that anyone in the party had been drinking.

According to the report, rip tides had taken Griffith approximately 15 yards past the swim buoy "where he started to go into distress.''

McCune pulled Griffith back to the shore and administered CPR while 911 was called. Griffith was reportedly unconscious with a pulse and his breathing was described in the report as "short and sporadic."

The report also indicated that CAT Scan results "came back normal which is promising.


Indiana redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaac Griffith is in critical condition and in a medically induced coma in a Sarasota, Fla. hospital following a swimming accident on Monday.

His father, Shannon Griffith, the head football coach at Manchester College in northern Indiana, updated Griffith's condition through the evening hours on Twitter (@MUCoachGriff) after arriving at the hospital early Tuesday morning.

His Tweets at around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning provided the following update: "My wife, Kim, and I have been at Isaac's bedside since 2 AM. We are encouraged with his progress in ICU but we have small battles to face and are asking for your thoughts and prayers. We have great care surrounding him, we have placed this battle in God's (hands), and we look for the small battles he has (to) over come.

"His vitals are stable but we still need for continued prayer for his lungs. He is still in medical induce coma and on a ventilator to help his Lungs heal. My wife and I want to thank all that have reached out we are truly thankful for positive words and loving messages. I want to thank #HoosierNation and players who have been with Isaac or who reached out to us. We are a family of strength and faith. You can be assured we will #KeepChoppin and #PrayForIke.''

It has been reported that the accident involved riptides. One of Shannon Griffith's earliest tweets, before the family had boarded the plane to head to Florida, confirmed that. "My family needs all the prayers we can for our son Isaac who is in critical condition following a water accident involving a rip current,'' the Tweet said.

Griffith came to IU from Fort Wayne Homestead where he was an all-state selection as a senior. He was the first player to commit to Indiana in the 2013 recruiting class.

IU athletics released the following statement: "We are aware of Isaac Griffith's condition. Our prayers are with Isaac and his family and we ask Hoosier Nation to keep the Griffith family in their thoughts."

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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