Bailey O'Shields (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

Mother says college student who drowned in Lake Lanier had seizure

The mother of a college student who drowned in Lake Lanier said her son fell off his personal watercraft after having a seizure, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

Bailey O’Shields’ mother, Stephanie O’Shields, told Channel 2 that her son, who was home from college in Florida, went to the lake Friday night.

“He left about 5 o'clock,” she said. “(He) said, ‘I'll be back in a couple of hours. We'll have some you and me time and it'll be great.’”

That was the last time she saw him.

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The body of the 21-year-old from Suwanee was recovered about 8:26 p.m. Friday about 30 to 40 feet from a boat ramp in Buford, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

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O’Shields said her son suffered from a brain condition called arteriovenous malformation, which is a tangle of blood vessels in the brain or on its surface that bypasses normal brain tissue and directly diverts blood from the arteries to the veins, according to the American Stroke Association.

Her son was what kept her family together, O’Shields told Channel 2.

“I know he was that glue and I worry now that glue is gone that we may all scatter to the wind,” O’Shields said.

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