Former Missouri Fiji pledge Danny Santulli is back home but ‘blind’ and ‘unable to walk or communicate,’ attorney says

Danny Santulli is back in his parents’ home in Minnesota after several months in a rehabilitation hospital in Colorado, said attorney David Bianchi.

Santulli is in the care of his parents, but his condition hasn’t changed, Bianchi said.

“He has massive brain damage,” Bianchi said. “He’s blind. He’s unable to walk or communicate.”

The brain damage resulted from alcohol poisoning Santulli experienced at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house on the University of Missouri campus in October. He was a freshman pledge at the frat, known commonly as Fiji.

The university has ousted the fraternity from campus for repeated violations. MU also has sanctioned 13 fraternity members, though it hasn’t revealed the sanctions.

Bianchi, representing Santulli’s parents, settled a lawsuit he had filed against the fraternity and 22 other defendants.

More:Former Missouri student in Colorado rehab hospital after alcohol poisoning: ‘Life as he knew it is gone’

In a hearing Monday, Bianchi sought in a motion to add fraternity brothers Samuel Gandhi and Alec Wetzler to the lawsuit in an amended petition.

“We didn’t know about them when we filed the original lawsuit,” Bianchi said.

Judge Joshua Devine approved Bianchi’s motion.

The petition alleges negligence against the two. It alleges Wetzler coerced Santulli to drink excessive amounts of alcohol by putting a tube into Santulli’s mouth and pouring beer down his throat.

Eight additional men were charged with felony hazing Friday for their alleged roles in an alcohol poisoning incident last fall at a University of Missouri fraternity house that resulted in significant brain damage to a freshman pledge.

The total number of people charged by the Boone County Prosecutor’s Office in the case now stands at 11.

Danny Santulli, who was in the process of joining Phi Gamma Delta, also known as Fiji, is back home with his family in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, nine months after the Oct. 19 “pledge dad reveal night” drinking party hosted by the fraternity where his blood alcohol content reached 0.486 — six times the legal limit — and he became unresponsive.

Santulli remains unable to see, walk or talk and requires around-the-clock care, family attorney David Bianchi has said.

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