Girl struck by lightning in Garfield Park home from hospital; family credits her survival to CPR performed at scene

Girl struck by lightning in Garfield Park home from hospital; family credits her survival to CPR performed at scene

CHICAGO (TOC) — A 13-year-old lady hit by lightning at a Chicago park earlier this month is dwelling from the hospital. Now, her household is talking out in regards to the significance CPR performed in her survival.

The lady’s household, who requested anonymity, stated Thursday she was in a position to come dwelling on August 7, simply 4 days after she was injured when a storm hit Garfield Park.

Observe: The video within the participant above is from a earlier report.

“There may be each expectation that she’s going to be capable of begin the college yr off with out concern from the expertise,” her household stated.

A health care provider who handled her at Stroger Hospital stated she suffered cardiac arrest and underwent CPR each on the scene and through transport to the hospital.

Her household credited a member of the family on the scene who was skilled in CPR and “relentlessly utilized this system till the rescue was turned over to the Chicago Hearth Division emergency crew.”

“It was solely as a result of the affected person obtained high-quality CPR instantly that she survived with such a very good final result,” stated Dr. Thomas Messer, a trauma doctor at Stroger Hospital.

Her household additionally praised the expertise of the early responders and the workers at Stroger as key elements in her restoration.

“In our gratitude we’re conscious that the course on this incident is just not the norm,” her household wrote. “It’s our hope that our extraordinary expertise will affect others to finish the CPR coaching required to intervene in instant life-saving procedures.”

The Nationwide Climate Service reminds individuals there isn’t a protected place to be outdoor when lightning strikes, making it important so that you can discover shelter.

If you cannot discover any indoor area in any respect, they are saying it is essential to keep away from sheltering below bushes and it is best to by no means lie flat on the bottom.

Avoiding any our bodies of water or objects that conduct electrical energy can also be important.

About 40 million lighting strikes hit the bottom in the USA annually, in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, including that the chances of being struck by lightning are lower than one in one million.

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