SARASOTA, Fla. - Health professionals confirmed the improving health of an Indiana University football player who was injured in a swimming accident in Florida. It followed the player's father Tweeting Wednesday night that his son was out of his medically induced coma.
Shannon Griffith on Wednesday tweeted that his son, Isaac Griffith, was slowly improving after the 19-year-old was rescued by friends from a rip current on spring break Monday.
Sarasota (Florida) Memorial Health Care System said after Griffith was brought out of his heavy sedation Wednesday, he was awake, breathing on his own and responding well to his family and caregivers by Thursday morning.
Griffith's doctors have reportedly changed his condition to serious - but stable - and believe he will recover fully.
Officials with the Sarasota health care system said Griffith will probably stay in its critical care unit for the next 24 hours and then will be transferred to a regular nursing unit before being discharged.
"This is everything we hoped and prayed for," Isaac's father Shannon said. "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."
Griffith's father said he would continue to update Twitter followers after Isaac is further evaluated.
He thanked his followers for the well wishes and support.
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— Shannon Griffith (@MUCoachGriff) March 20, 2014
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— Shannon Griffith (@MUCoachGriff) March 20, 2014
for his recover and this two is just a little battle he is doing well we still have those little battles in front of us.— Shannon Griffith (@MUCoachGriff) March 20, 2014
He has responded to his name immediately, moved his hands, squeezed Kim's hand, moved his feet. He has some issues they are treating— Shannon Griffith (@MUCoachGriff) March 20, 2014
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— Shannon Griffith (@MUCoachGriff) March 20, 2014