Doctors fought for the life of 11-year-old Levi S. in Florida. The boy was struck by lightning while on a boat trip with his family. That’s how the kid is now.
For the parents of eleven-year-old Levi S Florida it must have felt like a horrible nightmare. While on a boat trip together, her son was suddenly struck by lightning before her eyes on Thursday, June 30, near the William Park boat ramp in Riverview. First “FOX13” reported on the terrible incident. According to the fire department, the boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Levi S. (11) was struck by lightning on a boat tour with family in Florida
Levi’s father reported dramatic scenes, according to the pastor who takes care of the family. “He said it looked like a knockout from Mike Tyson. I mean, his body just went overboard and he started sinking under the water,” Pastor Daniel Butson is quoted as saying on “FOX13”. “It’s been a tough 24 hours. I mean, it’s unbelievable. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare,” Butson said. “They are truly grateful for all the prayers of the congregation.”
Witness reports horrific scenes in Riverview
A witness named Debbie D. had observed the accident. When she saw lightning over the water, she knew immediately that someone on board had been hit. Because people were panicking and a woman was screaming for help. She can also remember the attempts at resuscitation. “There was someone sitting on top of him and pushing and pushing and pushing and trying to get his heart beating,” she said on “FOX13”. “I fell on my knees and started praying and crying, oh my god it was awful.” The weather was beautiful at the time of the incident. It hadn’t rained, but thunder could be heard and lightning seen.
Boy survived lightning strike
Then on Monday the redeeming message: Robert Dellegatto, the chief meteorologist at “FOX13” tweeted a picture of Levi S. from the hospital. The eleven-year-old can be seen holding his right thumb up in his hospital bed. Next to him are colorful balloons with get well wishes. According to Dellegato, the boy would be doing much better. “His father texted me this morning that he was out of intensive care and doing well.”
Great news on this 4th of July! Levi Stock, the 11 year old who was struck by lightning on a boat near the dock at Williams Park in Riverview last week is doing much better. His Dad messaged me this morning to tell me that he is out of ICU and is doing well. ???? pic.twitter.com/oGsgf3PVh2
— Paul Dellegatto⚡️FOX (@PaulFox13) July 4, 2022
The probability of being struck by lightning is extremely low
According to FOX13, there are an average of about seven lightning-related deaths in Florida each year. Paul Dellegato explained that this puts the “Sunshine State” in first place nationwide in the USA. “Our summer thunderstorms are very lightning intensive and you really have to be careful between now and October.” However, the odds of being struck by lightning in a year are less than one in a million, and nearly 90 percent of victims would survive.
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