An 18-year-old Louisiana college student is fighting for his life in a hospital after being stabbed eight times by his date. His mom has urged the public to keep offering continuous prayers for his safe recovery.
The mother of an 18-year-old junior at the Louisiana State University, Draven Upchurch, is imploring the public to offer prayers on behalf of her son to facilitate his safe recovery following a stabbing incident.
In a post on the Facebook page of her self-owned business, Honey's Snoball Shack of Abita, she wrote: "Draven making improvements. We had a few setbacks the last two days. But we got them to step back!! Please keep praying."
Emergency section of a hospital building. | Photo: Getty Images
Since the stabbing incident, Upchurch's mother, Angie Fasullo, has shared a continuous update on her son's health on the Facebook page. Her first post was a detailed description of the devastating incident, which left her son battling for his life. It began:
"I am ready to bring everyone out of the dark on Draven's incident. I refuse to use the word accident because what happened was not an accident."
Going further, the mother described how her son got stabbed eight times on Saturday, April 3, in his LSU dorm room, by someone he was "well acquainted" with. Five of the stab wounds affected his vital organs, including his lungs, stomach, and colon.
When officers discovered him, he was unresponsive. First responders administered life-saving measures on him before transporting him to the North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond, where he underwent over four hours of surgery.
The student has been placed on interim suspension from the university.
He underwent a second surgery on Wednesday, which turned out successful. In an update following the second surgery, Fasullo confirmed that the college undergrad was off the ventilator and was already making hilarious comments.
Police reports listed the suspect as 18-year-old Elizabeth Grace Johnson, a student of Southeastern Louisiana University. In an official statement, SLU ascertained that Johnson would undergo strict disciplinary measures, which may include expulsion.
The statement read partly, "While the incident remains under investigation, the student has been placed on interim suspension from the university, which bars access to campus and class pending disciplinary resolutions."
Following the incident, Johnson was taken to a local hospital for treatment before being booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail for aggravated battery.
As of Thursday, jail records showed that the suspect secured her release on bond, as the case remained under investigation. Officers described Johnson and Upchurch as dating partners.
Additionally, reports described the suspect's countenance as worried. Meanwhile, the victim's family continues to solicit for blood donations to replenish his lost supply and see him through follow-up surgeries.
Upchurch's friends have set up a GoFundMe in his name to raise the money required to fund his medical bills as he continues to recover.
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