Isaac Griffith came out of his medically induced coma on Wednesday and is breathing without the aid of a ventilator, father Shannon Griffith wrote on Twitter Wednesday night.
“Today was a very good day,” Shannon Griffith wrote. “He woke up well. We are still in a marathon for his recovery. But this was a big step forward for Isaac.”
Griffith, a Fort Wayne native and Indiana football player injured in a swimming accident Monday, is at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla.
After nearly drowning in a rip current, Griffith had been in a medically induced coma for over 24 hours.
His father said Griffith is on antibiotics to ward off infection as doctors watch for healing in the lungs.
“That is something we expected,” Shannon Griffith tweeted. “He has some issues they are treating. Our prayers are being answered.”
Once out of the coma, Griffith responded immediately to his name, moved his hands and feet and squeezed the hands of his mother Kim.
Early Wednesday morning, Griffith was allowed to receive 50 percent of his oxygen naturally, with the other half still drawn from a ventilator. Later in the afternoon, he was able to return to a sense of respiratory normalcy and come out of the coma.