22-year-old Bharti Shahani has been fighting for her life since being crushed at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival this past Friday.
Astroworld victim Bharti Shahani declared brain-dead from injury: reports
A Travis Scott fan who attended his Astroworld Festival on Friday (Nov. 5) has been declared brain dead. According to TMZ and ABC13, Bharti Shahani, a 22-year-old senior at Texas A&M University, has been fighting for her life since being critically injured at the annual event. On Tuesday morning (Nov. 9), her family learned she had no brain activity; they will meet with doctors to determine their next steps.
Bharti Shahani, attended the festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas, with her sister and cousin before getting separated in the crowd.
“Once one person fell, people started toppling like dominos. It was like a sinkhole. People were falling on top of each other,” Bharti’s cousin Mohit Bellani told ABC13. “There were like layers of bodies on the ground, like two people thick. We were fighting to come up to the top and breathe to stay alive.”
After getting out of the stampede, both Bellani and Bharti’s sister, Namrata Shahani, lost their cellphones and couldn’t find Bharti.
“Once we let go of her hand, the next time we saw her, we were in the ER,” Namrata told ABC13 reporter.
Bharti was given CPR in an ambulance by first responders and taken to Houston Methodist Hospital. She has been in critical condition and on a ventilator since the night of the concert.
Bharti’s parents searched for her at NRG Park and several Houston area hospitals 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 in there,” Bharti’s father, Sunny Shahani, told ABC13 reporter.
After doctors told the family she had no brain activity, Bharti’s family said they were still determining what to do next.
Bharti’s sister set up a GoFundMe page for donations to cover the family’s mounting expenses.
“Bharti is the light of our lives and we are all praying for her full and speedy recovery,” Namrata wrote.
HIPHOP CROWN NATION sends our condolences to the victims’ loved ones as well as the Shahani family.