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Progressing Griffith continues to battle

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Freshman healthy enough to watch NCAA

Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:48 am

Isaac Griffith is back.

Not totally, of course. You don't survive a near drowning, damaged lungs, a bout with pneumonia and four days of a medically induced coma, without needing a little healing time.

But the Indiana freshman receiver and former Homestead standout is well on his way to what doctors believe will be a full recovery. He spent much of Thursday sitting up watching the NCAA Tournament.

Griffith remains at Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Critial Care Unit. According to a hospital release, doctors have upgraded his condition from critical to serious, but stable. Treating the pneumonia is the biggest issue. He's set to remain at the hospital for another 24 hours before being transferred to a regular nursing unit. The hope is to discharge him so he can return to Indiana in the coming days.

Griffth nearly drowned after being caught in a riptide off of Siesta Key Beach on Monday with on a vacation with friends over spring break. A friend and fellow IU student, Mitch McCune, rescued him from the water, and then performed CPR until medical staff arrived.

Griffith's parents, Shannon and Kim, are with him at the hospital. Here's what Griffith's father, Shannon, had to say today via twitter:

“Last night and thus far today have been very good for Isaac. They have him sitting up in chair watching the NCAA Tournament. His breathing is getting better, but he is fighting off a little pneumonia. This is just another little battle he is facing at the moment, but one anticipated by the medical staff who are on top of it.

“Kim and I are truly thankful for all our support and well wishes (we) are receiving. Our daughter, @ash_wednesdayy, helps with our family back in #FW.

“We are so pleased with Isaac's progress, but guarded at the same time knowing Isaac faces more #LittleBattles ahead. He is aware that this is a Marathon and not a sprint. #PrayForIke #iufb

The family also released a statement today through the hospital:

“This is everything we hoped and prayed for," Shannon Griffith 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."