Dad calls son’s recovery after spring break accident a miracle

Isaac Griffith (Indiana University Photo)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – An Indiana University football player hurt while on spring break is back at school.

Isaac Griffith was released from a Florida hospital one week ago.

Griffith’s father, Shannon Griffith, confirmed the news on Twitter late Saturday night. He told 24-Hour News 8 by phone Sunday they credit their faith and the outpouring support from the community for his miraculous recovery.

“Yesterday was a big step for him getting back down to the campus, down there at Indiana,” Shannon Griffith said.

Just a day after releasing the news on Twitter that his 19 year-old son Isaac is back home in Indiana, Griffith talked about the spring break trip that nearly took his son’s life.

“We’re very grateful for all those individuals that reached out to us and lifted our son up in their thoughts and prayers. It was something that was very touching to my wife and I,” he said.

Isaac is a redshirt freshman wide receiver at Indiana University. He was on a spring break trip in Florida when he got caught in a rip tide. Police said Isaac and his friends had been drinking. It was one of his friends who saved him and performed CPR.

“I grabbed ahold of him and swam with my left arm. When the tide started taking him under, I put him on my knee and kept popping him up,” said Isaac’s friend Mitchell McCune.

Isaac was rushed to the hospital and put in a medically-induced coma. Soon after, doctors removed the ventilator his condition improved. Just days after being heavily sedated, his father said Isaac woke up, responded to his name and moved his hands and feet.

“I’ve not ever witnessed a miracle, but I did on that occasion with my son,” Griffith said.

Shannon said they are happy to have Isaac back home.

“We trust that each step we’re taking is a path we are meant to be going down,” he said.

Shannon told 24-Hour News 8 the most important thing to Isaac was for him to get back down to Bloomington to be with his teammates. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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