Teens recover after being struck by lightning at park


Two 13-year-old boys struck by lightning Wednesday at a park are recovering from their injuries. 

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“I couldn’t move, I couldn’t feel my arms. I couldn’t feel anything,” Javier Tapia, who was walking with his friend, Josiah Wiedman, who was holding a skateboard which was struck, shocking both boys, told KPNX.

A bystander administered CPR to Wiedman, who was unconscious, while emergency crews responded, KPNX reported. The teens were taken to the hospital. 

Javier has since been released. Josiah  is in a medically-induced coma as they await tests, KNPX reported

“The skateboard triggered the electricity to hit, which caused it to bounce off the skateboard and caused my son to fly, drop him on his head and then flip him again,” mother Krista Wiedman told KNPX. “I thank God that he sees us, he hears us and he still performs miracles today, but we need help because (Josiah’s) going to be (at the hospital) for a while.”

The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with medical expenses.


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