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Fraternity hazing: Parents of Missouri student Daniel Santulli speak out after son found disabled following incident

A University of Missouri student will need to take care of his life after suffering a severe brain injury from an alleged incident of fraternity blurring.

Daniel Santulli, 19, could not speak or walk and lost his sight after he was allegedly forced to drink a bottle of vodka at the former Phi Gamma Delta fraternity last fall.

“I saw Danny in the ICU at Mizzou Hospital. And it’s simple – it’s just a bunch of tubes everywhere,” his brother Nick Santulli told ABC News. “And this is an image that will probably never leave my mind.”

The incident happened on October 19, 2021, shortly after 9:00 p.m. during a ritual called “Pledge Dad Reveal Night”.

According to Santulli’s family lawsuit, Daniel was forced to drink an entire bottle of vodka. In a video, one of the fraternity members appears to be using a hose to pour beer into Santulli’s mouth while drinking.

Shortly before 23:00, the video immortalized him losing his balance and falling backwards. The members of the fraternity take him, take him to another room and place him on a sofa.

Santulli starts to fall off the couch around 12:42 am, where he does not seem to respond. The members of the fraternity transported Santulli to the nearby University Hospital.

According to doctors, when Santulli arrived, he suffered a heart attack and was not breathing. His blood alcohol level was almost lethal 0.486. Santouli spent six weeks in hospital before being transferred to a rehabilitation center in Colorado. He was finally reunited with his family seven months later in Minnesota.

“They knew he was upset and his lips were blue. No one called 911. A 6-year-old would call 911,” his mother, Mary Pat Santulli, told ABC News. “The doctors told me that my son would need care for his life. He still could not speak or walk. He was in a wheelchair. He lost his sight.”

According to the family lawsuit, they had recently settled with 23 defendants.

The university has revoked the fraternity charter and proposed sanctions to 13 of its members. A case was filed against one of the members for two misdemeanors for supplying alcohol to a minor.

Santouli’s family thinks he was taken aback and said they were heartbroken to see members walking on campus as if they had done nothing wrong.

“I want to see specific children take [Class D felonies]. That’s going to wake them up, “said Daniel Sanduli, Daniel’s father. “Misdeeds will not wake them up.”

Prosecutors said the investigation was ongoing and would file additional charges if necessary.

The fraternity told ABC News that Santulli should not have been put in such a situation and that they are banning hazing.

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