A concertgoer at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival has been pronounced brain dead after sustaining injuries during the mob that reportedly killed eight people.
Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old Texas A&M University student, attended the festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas with her sister and cousin before getting separated in the crowd.
“As soon as a person fell, people started falling like dominoes. It was like a sinkhole. People liked each other,” Bharti’s cousin Mohit Bellani told ABC13. “There were bodies on the floor, like two fat people. We fought to get to the top and breathe to stay alive.”
After coming out of the stampede, both Bellani and Bharti’s sister, Namrata Shahani, lost their cell phones and couldn’t find Bharti.
“Once we let go of her hand, the next time we saw her, we were in the emergency room,” Namrata told ABC13.
Bharti was resuscitated in an ambulance by first responders and taken to Houston Methodist Hospital. She has been in critical condition since the evening of the concert and is on a ventilator.
Bharti’s parents searched for her in NRG Park and several hospitals in the Houston area before finding her.
“They took us to her room, and she was bleeding and on a ventilator. Me and my wife were too shocked. We can’t even stand there,” Bharti’s father Sunny Shahani told ABC13.
After doctors told the family she had no brain activity, Bharti’s family said they were still figuring out what to do.
Bharti’s sister has set up a GoFundMe page for donations to help cover the family’s rising costs.
“Bharti is the light of our lives and we all pray for her full and speedy recovery,” Namrata wrote.
Dozens more people were hospitalized and a nine-year-old boy is still on a ventilator.
Travis Scott is now facing numerous lawsuits for his role in the incident, including one brought by the nine-year-old’s parents. At least one other concertgoer, Noah Gutierrez, is represented by high-profile civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump.