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Man survives spending 20 minutes underwater after friend allegedly pushed him into lake

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Christopher Gilbert, 26, suffered serious brain injuries in the near-drowning in Louisiana



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20-year-old is hospitalized after allegedly being pushed into lake by boyfriend and spending 5 minutes underwater before being rescued

A 26-year-old Louisiana man has been hospitalized after suffering severe brain damage in a near-drowning – and his ‘devastated’ family and friends are now calling on local authorities to take further action.

Christopher Gilbert, a recent graduate of Louisiana Tech University, nearly drowned in Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville on April 14 while with friends at a nearby restaurant, according to local newspaper KSLA.

Gilbert’s family claims that one of his friends purposefully pushed him into the lake – knowing that Gilbert could not swim – and that he was underwater for about 20 minutes before a bystander eating at the restaurant dove into the water to rescue him to pull out. per socket.

Yolanda George, the victim’s mother, told KSLA that shortly after the incident she received a call from one of the women in Gilbert’s friend group.

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“A friend of his called and she was crying hysterically. She told me Chris fell into the lake and was underwater for about 20 minutes,” George said, adding that her son was flown to a Louisiana State University medical center for treatment.

After arriving at the hospital, George said doctors told her Gilbert had suffered severe brain damage from the near-drowning.

“The doctor called us and told me that he was brain dead at that point and that the rest of his organs were starting to fail. That we had 72 hours on the ECMO machine. It’s a bit like dialysis for the lungs and they had to put him on a ventilator,” she recalls.



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“I was devastated. I felt like my life had ended at that moment,” George added. “My son aspires to be a doctor, my son is going to be a doctor. Last year he got his master’s degree in Biological Sciences. He is preparing in medical school, so when this happened to him… I was devastated.”

According to his mother, Gilbert later regained consciousness, can now eat independently and has been temporarily taken off life support, local station KNOE reported.

The family’s attorney, Claudia Payne, told KSLA that Gilbert’s friends initially told police he had fallen into the lake, but further investigation revealed that a woman in the group had pushed him into the water. A friend tried to pull Gilbert out of the water, Payne noted, but bystanders at the restaurant were ultimately the ones who pulled him out and administered CPR until authorities arrived.

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“In the legal field, we characterize matters as we see fit. Of course they say horseplay. We say it was a criminally intentional push into the lake,” Payne told the outlet.

Payne and Gilbert’s family also claim that members of the friend group knew the recent graduate could not swim, despite one of the friends allegedly telling George, “Well ma’am, I didn’t know that guy couldn’t swim.”

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In a Change.org petition that has collected more than 2,700 signatures as of Sunday, May 5, Payne called on the Farmerville Police Department and the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office to take action by making an arrest in the case.

“While my office has been retained to civilly represent the family, nothing else is necessary for a law enforcement agency within this jurisdiction to make an arrest,” Payne wrote. “Our office would like the community’s support in requesting that the Farmerville Police Department and/or the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office make an arrest of the known individual who pushed Chris into the lake.”

The Union Parish Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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