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Siesta Key rip current victim improving, breathing on his own

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Isacc Griffith has been upgraded to serious, but stable condition. Isacc Griffith has been upgraded to serious, but stable condition.
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Indiana University freshman who nearly drowned after he was caught in a rip current off Siesta Key on Monday is improving.

A Sarasota Memorial Health Care System spokesperson says Isacc Griffith has been upgraded to serious, but stable condition.

He was brought out of heavy sedation over the past 24 hours and was awake on Thursday morning, breathing on his own and responding well to his family and hospital caregivers, according to the spokesperson.

Doctors believe he will make a full recovery. They say the biggest issue right now is monitoring and treating him for pneumonia and damage to his lungs that followed his near drowning. Griffith had been heavily sedated since the accident. He likely will remain in Sarasota Memorial’s Critical Care Unit for the next 24 hours and then be transferred to a regular nursing unit before being discharged in the coming days.

"This is everything we hoped and prayed for," said Isaac's father Shannon Griffith, who along with his wife Kim have been at their son's bedside since shortly after the accident. 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."

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