Siesta Key accident leaves Indiana football star in coma

March 18, 2014 

SARASOTA -- As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Indiana University redshirt freshman Isaac Griffith remains in a medically induced coma in Sarasota Memorial’s Critical Care Unit following a swimming accident at Siesta Key Beach.

His condition is critical, but stable, according to Kim Savage, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System spokeswoman. Doctors say he is showing small, but incremental improvements, Savage said. 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, Savage said. 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.” The family will provide periodic updates through Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Twitter and other social media sites. They prefer to have no visitors or calls at this time, and ask the media to contact the hospital for condition updates.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Griffith was reportedly with fellow IU football players Ty Smith and Nick Stoner, and a fourth person, Mitch McCune.

Alcohol was a factor, deputies reported .A rip tide pulled all four away from the shore.

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

McCune pulled Griffith back to shore, according to the report, and administered CPR while 911 was called. Griffith was unconscious but had a pulse, and his breathing was "short and sporadic," deputies reported.

Griffith was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. According to the report, his CAT scan results "came back normal, which is promising."

Griffith was a member of Indiana's 2013 recruiting class. He set several receiving records at Homestead High School near Fort Wayne before becoming the first player to commit in that class for IU coach Kevin Wilson. He had 37 touchdown catches in high school and was an all-state player as a senior, according to the Indy Star.

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