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Ex-Homestead standout overcoming accident

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:02 pm

Isaac Griffith won another battle on Wednesday.

The Indiana receiver and former Homestead standout was brought out of his medically induced coma and quickly responded. He was in the coma for two days at Sarasota (Florida's) Memorial Hospital's Critical Care Unit in the aftermath of nearly drowning in a Monday swimming accident.

Griffith's parent, Shannon and Kim, are at the hospital with him. Shannon, the head football coach at Manchester College, had this tweet late 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 (and) is breathing on his own and resting at this present moment. We are still in a marathon over his recover and this two is just a little battle. He is doing well. We still have those little battles in front of us.”

Isaac Griffith, who was redshirted last season, was in Florida on spring break with friends. He was swimming on Monday with fellow Hoosier football playersTy Smith and Nick Stoner, plus IU student Mitch McCune, when he and McCune got caught in a rip tide and carried far off shore. Griffith was in trouble, and McCune had to grab him and pull them both to shore. Smith helped carry Griffith out of the water. Griffith was unresponsive, so McCune performed CPR until medical personnel arrived.

The Griffith family is hopeful for a full recovery.

“(Isaac) has responded to his name immediately, moved his hands, squeezed Kim's hand, moved his feet,” Shannon tweeted. “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.”