Indian-American victim of Astroworld tragedy declared brain dead

22-year-old Indian-American Bharti Shahani has been declared brain dead. Shahani, a Texas A&M University student was one of the injured at the Astroworld Festival tragedy of November 5.

Her family had earlier told the newsmen that she was on a ventilator.

At least eight people died as the audience surged during the performance of American rapper Travis Scott at the concert. Travis is known for demanding chaotic energy from his audience during performances.

Bharati was accompanied by her sister Namrata and cousin Mohit at the concert but got separated once the stampede-like situation arose. Namrata and Mohit both lost their cell phones in the melee and could not contact Bharati, only to find her later in the emergency room. The catastrophe began when the crowd of around 50000 people started to surge toward the state.

Mohit said while talking to ABC Houston, “Once one person fell, people started toppling like a domino. It was like a sinkhole. People were falling on top of each other. There were like layers of bodies on the ground, like two thick people. We were fighting to come up to the top and breathe to stay alive. As per doctors, Bharti lost the supply of oxygen for several minutes and due to the same and due to the same, the brain stem was swollen by almost 90 percent.”

Singer Travis Scott in a tweet after the tragedy said, “I am absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.”

Image courtesy of Courtesy – The Quint

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