FARGO, N.D. - A North Dakota State nursing student is recovering after a vicious beating that resulted in some of the worst injuries his surgeon said he's ever seen.
Isaiah Smith, a graduate of Brainerd Senior High School, was "outnumbered and brutally beat up" on Sept. 1, according to a YouCaring page set up by his sister.
Smith, who is currently studying nursing at NDSU, suffered major injuries to his head and face.
According to a Fargo Police press release, officers were dispatched to the Sanford ER at 2:13 a.m. Sept. 2, for a patient with injuries from an assault. The officer spoke with the victim, who said he saw two men he believed were responsible for an assault the night before and "called them out."
The suspects then jumped him, beating him in the face.
At that time, Smith allegedly told the officer "not to worry about him" and said he didn't want to file a report.
However, authorities state Smith's mother contacted them later that morning, wondering where the investigation was at, explaining that her son was in surgery and describing the extent of his injuries.
His sister said on the YouCaring page that she didn't want to go into too much detail regarding the incident, due to the ongoing police investigation, but said his injuries were horrific -- and required seven hours of surgery.
"His jaw was hanging from his face, broken in 3 places. Fragments from his jaw bone were near his facial nerves, the surgeon had to pull each fragment out very carefully in order for the facial nerves to stay in tact. His chin, broken, lacerated underneath. Teeth, what teeth? Isaiah will have lost more than half his teeth after this journey to recovery. The surgeon said this is the worst injury he's ever seen."
Police say after speaking with Smith's mother, an officer returned to Sanford to take the report. Three suspects have been interviewed and Fargo Police say they are continuing to follow-up on the case.
"We anticipate sending the case to the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges in the near future," the release states.
The YouCaring page was set up to help Smith with medical expenses, as he will be out of work recovering for some time. More than $38,000 has already been raised, as of Wednesday morning.
"You have forever changed my heart, I can never express enough how thankful I am for every. single. one. of you," Smith' sister wrote on Wednesday. "My brother is an amazing person, I can't wait to see his infectious smile again, thanks to everyone who has cared enough to share his story, say a prayer, or made a donation."
Smith posted on Facebook Tuesday, thanking people for their support.
Smith's sister wrote that his jaw will need to be wired shut for the next three to four weeks.