Family: Isaac Griffith Awake, Smiling, Laughing With Mother (VIDEOS)

By Tommy Schoegler - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 11:18 AM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (21Alive) - Indiana University football player Isaac Griffith should make a full recovery and be discharged from the hospital in coming days.

He has been hospitalized in critical condition after a swimming accident during spring break.

According to his father, Isaac was up and awake for visitors Friday and smiling and laughing with his mother. He is battling pneumonia now.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Department says Griffith, 19, a former Homestead High School standout, was swimming with three friends on Siesta Key Beach when the current took them away from shore.

Griffith was taken 15 yards beyond the swim buoy, police say, and needed help.

One of his friends, Mitch McCune, 19, of Elletsville, Ind., rescued Griffith, and brought him to shore.

McCune performed CPR on Griffith until medics arrived. Griffith had a pulse, but was unconscious, police say.

Griffith was transported to a hospital.

Police say alcohol may have played a factor.

The Griffith family issued a statement through the hospital on Tuesday night saying Isaac continues to show signs of improvements.

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

The family requests no visitors or phone calls at this time.

Griffith's father, Manchester University football head coach Shannon Griffith, said via Twitter on Monday night that Isaac is in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator to allow his lungs to heal.


On Monday, Indiana's athletic department asked for prayers for Isaac and the Griffith family.

"We are aware of Isaac Griffith's condition," the university says in a statement. "We ask Hoosier Nation to keep the Griffith family in their thoughts."

The Homestead Spartans also pushed for prayers for Griffith on their Twitter page.


Isaac Griffith is a redshirt freshman with the Hoosiers. Wide receiver Nick Stoner and safety Ty Smith were the other two men with Griffith and McCune.

"Isaac Griffith Condition Update - 6 pm Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"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.'

"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."




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