Bharti Shahani, 22, attended Astroworld with her sister and cousin. She shows no brain activity.
The deadly electric shock caused her to lose oxygen for minutes, her family told a local news source.
At least eight people were killed at Astroworld on Friday evening and about 300 were injured.
A 22-year-old computer programming student at Texas A&M University is in critical condition and showed no brain activity Tuesday after suffering several heart attacks during Friday’s deadly crowd at the Astroworld festival, local news station KTRK first reported.
Bharti Shahani, who was in her senior year at Texas A&M, attended the festival with her sister, Namrata Shahani, and her cousin, Mohit Bellani.
Her sister and cousin lost Bharti and their phones as the crowd gathered. Namrata told KTRK they didn’t see her again until she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital.
The massive wave, which killed at least eight people and injured hundreds of others, caused her to suffer several heart attacks, her family told KTRK. Bharti, they said, is still hooked up to a ventilator to help her breathe.
“Once one person fell, people started falling like dominoes. It was like a sinkhole. People fell on each other,” Bellani told KTRK. “There were bodies on the floor, like two fat people. We fought to get to the top and breathe to stay alive.”
The family’s legal team did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Bellani also told KTRK that Bharti lost oxygen for minutes — 10 minutes, followed by 7 minutes — causing her brain to swell.
“The doctors say the chances of survival are nil, which I haven’t even talked to my wife yet. We keep saying we will pray,” Bharti’s father, Sunny Shahani, told KTRK. “I ask all of Houston to pray for her. Maybe the prayers work like a miracle for her.’
Bharti’s father told KTRK that she had just arranged a summer internship after graduating this spring. She would one day take over the family business.
The family has created a GoFundMe and is asking for donations and prayers.
Houston Police Department, Scoremore Shows and Live Nation did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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