Wednesday 21 March 2018

Fears for pregnant woman struck by lightning: 'Hopefully they are able to do their magic and make it work'

Thunder and lightning storms. Stock photo
Thunder and lightning storms. Stock photo

Kathy Armstrong

There are fears for a heavily pregnant woman and her unborn child after she was struck by lightning.

The woman remains in intensive care following the incident on Thursday.

The injured woman, who has not been named, was walking with her mother in Fort Myers in Florida when she was hit by lightning at around 4.30pm.

She fell to the ground and was unresponsive, before emergency workers managed to get her pulse back.

Lieutenant Jay Rodriguez told New York Daily News  that the woman (27) is still in intensive care at Lee Memorial Hospital.

He said: "I checked this morning and she was alive in intensive care."

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Rodriguez added that she is due to give birth next week.

He said: "She is about ready to give birth, so we are worried about her and her child.

"Hopefully they are able to do their magic and make it work."

Three people have been killed by lightning strikes in the US so far this year, according to the National Weather Service.

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