Aspiring Doctor Makes ‘Miracle’ Recovery After Allegedly Being Pushed Into Lake By Friends, Left Underwater |

Aspiring Doctor Makes ‘Miracle’ Recovery After Allegedly Being Pushed Into Lake By Friends, Left Underwater

After nearly drowning and being hospitalized, Chris Gilbert is officially off life support.

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA/Gray News) – After being hospitalized for more than two weeks, a 26-year-old man from Louisiana is officially off life support.

Doctors described Christopher Gilbert’s survival as a “miracle” after allegedly being pushed into a lake by his friends and left underwater for nearly 10 minutes.

His family told KSLA that he will be released from the hospital soon.

Gilbert and a group of friends were at a lakefront restaurant when he ended up in the water, leaving him with significant brain damage and on life support.

Family attorney Claudia Payne said Gilbert’s friend group initially reported to police that he had fallen into the lake. However, after an investigation was conducted, it was said that he was allegedly pushed into the water by a girl in the friend group.

KSLA reported that Gilbert’s legal team is demanding an arrest to be made. They also want the restaurant owner to be held accountable for not keeping him safe.

So far, no arrests have been made and activists are demanding justice and answers.

via: WAFB 9News

Aspiring Doctor Brain Dead After Friends Pushed Him Into Lake Knowing He Can’t Swim

According to reports, an aspiring medical student suffered severe brain damage last month after being pushed into a Louisiana lake by his friends, who were aware he couldn’t swim, and they did nothing to save him from drowning.

An aspiring medical student was left brain dead last month when his friends pushed him into a Louisiana lake knowing he couldn’t swim — and then looked on while doing nothing to save the drowning man, according to a report.

Shocking video shows the group casually peering into the water moments after they shoved Christopher Gilbert off the dock at Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville on April 14.

At least one woman can be seen slowly entering the water before abandoning the rescue mission.

It was another 10 minutes before a patron at a nearby restaurant intervened and yanked Gilbert back to land — just in the nick of time.

The 26-year-old was brain dead and the rest of his organs were starting to fail by the time he arrived at a local hospital, his mother Yolanda George told KSLA.

He spent 72 hours on a ventilator and an ECMO machine, which George described as “dialysis for the lungs.”

“I was devastated. I felt like my life had ended in that moment. My son is aspiring to be a medical doctor, my son is going to be a medical doctor. He got his masters last year in biological science. He’s preparing for medical school so for this to have happened to him … I was just devastated,” George said.

According to police, his so-called friends initially tried to pass off the near-death as “horse-play.”

They even told the lie to George in the moments after he was rescued: “A friend of his called and she was hysterical crying. She told me that Chris has fell into the lake and he had been underwater for 10 minutes or so,” the mother said.

Eventually, a white female around the same age as Gilbert admitted to pushing him into the lake.

None of the friends, however, admitted to knowing he couldn’t swim — a claim Gilbert’s family finds hard to believe.

“To add insult to injury, after pushing him, no one from the ‘friend group’ attempted to go in after him. Instead, two brave bystanders, who have no relationship to Chris, heard commotion and retrieved his body from the lake,” personal injury attorney Claudia Payne, representing George, wrote in a report obtained by the Lincoln Parish Journal.

Fortunately, Gilbert has made strides since the ruthless attack.

He is responding cognitively, but cannot speak, according to George. He still relies on life support and his lungs are said to be at 20% capacity.

The family is also demanding that an arrest be made in the tragic incident, with Payne saying the friends displayed criminal intent by pushing him into the lake.

“Why would you push my son in the lake knowing he couldn’t swim?” asked George.

via: NYPost

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