Student had 1% survival chance after being made to neck 750ml rum in 30 mins

A university student was allegedly left in a coma and given a 1% chance of survival after being forced to drink extreme amounts of alcohol during an initiation ritual.

San Diego State University student Benjamin Brennan, now 21, has filed a lawsuit against the Kappa Sigma fraternity and nine former members over the supposed hazing ritual gone wrong.

The complaint alleges that in April 2021, aged just 19, he was forced to neck 750ml of rum in 30 minutes.

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It states "he could no longer care for himself, stand, or speak" and that frat members struck him with "paddles" and other objects.

It goes on to claim frat members left his unconscious body in a hospital car park before driving off, with hospital staff later finding him and putting him on life support.

"Subsequently, hospital personnel found Plaintiff BRENNAN unconscious, vomiting and not protecting his airway. Plaintiff BRENNAN was placed on life support, intubated and was given a 1 % chance of survival by treating physicians due to his grave condition and Blood Alcohol Content Level of .489 which was recorded at some point in time long after BRENNAN had stopped consuming alcohol. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC was also found in his system," the complaint states.

It adds: "Despite doctors' giving Brennan less than a 1% chance of surviving, Brennan miraculously survived and is on a very long and difficult road to recovery."

The national Kappa Sigma fraternity, its now-defunct San Diego State University chapter and several of its suspended members are all named in the lawsuit.

It also claims frat members attempted to cover up what happened, telling investigators they had nothing to do with it.

Brennan's lawyer James Frantz told ABC7: "He can't work, and we don't know if he'll be able to. He can't go back to school now. All those types of damages, and all the emotional distress damages he's going to suffer."

Mitchell B Wilson, executive director of the national Kappa Sigma Fraternity, told Fox News Digital that the fraternity will "review it [the lawsuit] closely".

He added: "What happened to Benjamin Brennan is unacceptable under any circumstances, and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity has taken action against the individuals who were involved.

"As an organisation, we continue to adamantly oppose hazing, the misuse of alcohol and placing the health and safety of any person at risk."

San Diego State University told FOX 5 San Diego it "does not have a comment on the lawsuit, in which it is not named".

However, the university added that Kappa Sigma was suspended from operating there in 2020 and expelled in 2022.

It added: "The chapter appealed the university’s decision earlier this year, and the university has upheld the expulsion. The chapter is not an approved, recognised student organisation, and has not been since May 2020."

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