Wednesday 7 December 2016

Child critical after Paris lightning strike

Published 29/05/2016 | 15:16

A child's glasses and a jacket lie on a rock in Park Monceau, after the lightning strike in Paris (AP)
A child's glasses and a jacket lie on a rock in Park Monceau, after the lightning strike in Paris (AP)

A child remains in critical condition after a lightning strike disrupted a birthday party in a Paris park.

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Eight children and three adults were struck by lightning on Saturday in Park Monceau as they hid under a tree from a sudden storm. The children are around nine years old.

An official at Paris City Hall said the child's condition is unchanged.

An off-duty firefighter has been credited with keeping the child alive and getting quick medical help to the others. Commandant Pascal Gremillet told French television the child was in cardiac arrest when he arrived.

Lightning also struck a children's football match on Saturday in Germany, sending the referee into cardiac arrest. He was revived.

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