22-year-old Texas A&M student has had several heart attacks and does not show brain activity after being injured in deadly Astroworld concert

Festival goers are seen leaving NRG Park on the first day of the Astroworld Music Festival on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Houston.

Festival goers are seen leaving NRG Park on the first day of the Astroworld Music Festival on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Houston. Amy Harris / Invision / AP

  • Bharti Shahani, 22, attended Astroworld with his sister and cousin. She does not show brain activity.

  • The deadly crowd wave caused her to lose oxygen for minutes at a time, her family told a local news source.

  • At least eight people died and about 300 were injured Friday night in Astroworld.

A 22-year-old computer programming student at Texas A&M University is in critical condition and is not showing brain activity on Tuesday after suffering several heart attacks during the deadly Astroworld festival on Friday, the local news station KTRK first reported.

Bharti Shahani, who was in his final year at Texas A&M, attended the festival with his sister, Namrata Shahani, and his cousin, Mohit Bellani.

Her sister and her cousin lost Bharti and their phones when the crowd came together. Namrata told KTRK that they did not see her again until she was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital.

The crowd, which killed at least eight people and injured hundreds of others, caused her to have more heart attacks, her family told KTRK. Bharti, they said, is still connected to a fan to help her breathe.

“When a person fell, people started toppling over like dominoes. It was like a sinkhole. People fell on top of each other,” Bellani told KTRK. “There were like layers of bodies on the ground, like two people thick. We struggled to get to the top and breathe to stay alive.”

The family’s legal team did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Bellani also told KTRK that Bharti lost oxygen for minutes at a time – 10 minutes, followed by 7 minutes – and raised her brain.

“The doctors, they say the chances of survival are not something I have not even talked to my wife until now. We keep saying we will pray,” Bharti’s father, Sunny Shahani, told KTRK. “I’m asking the whole of Houston to pray for her. Maybe the prayers can work a miracle for her.”

Bharti’s father told KTRK that she had just secured an internship for the summer after graduating next spring. She was to one day take over the family company.

The family created a GoFundMe and asks for donations and prayers.

The Houston Police Department, Scoremore Shows and Live Nation did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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