Survivor Story: Jennifer
and Touching Stove
Hello my name is Jennifer,
I live in Pensacola, FL and
I was struck by lightning
on June 21, 2003. The weather
was rainy, however no thunder
or lightning. My husband and
12 year old son were outside
on our covered patio when
lightning and thunder hit
at the same time directly
over our brick home.
My husband said the flash was bright and the thunder sounded like
a cannon going off. He hurried my son and himself into the house
only to find me at my stove with lightning running through my body
and out the front of my legs. I was on our phone when lightning
entered through my left ear traveled down my body and out the front
of my legs. The lightning formed a big orb around my legs and then
dissipated into the floor. The phone was shot out of my hand and
into the pot on the back burner of the stove.
I had discoloration to both fronts of my lower leg area and bruising,
however no burns, and only one blister. The phone, ironically, still
works however the charge was drained out of it. My stove works.
There were no burn marks found any where in or around the outside
of the house, however the garage door opener was fried!
I hurt like my joints were brittle and were going to break if I
moved; however I was able to communicate and move my body. My husband
took me to the hospital and on the way to the hospital I started
twitching slightly and feeling cold from the inside out. I went
into seizures approximately 30 minutes after the strike and they
lasted about 3 hours. I spent a couple of days in the hospital.
I was left unable to walk on my own but could move all my muscles.
My vision was blurry for weeks. Now I am able to focus better, however
my eyes feel strained continually. Headaches and tremors are frequent,
and thankfully decreasing in the intensity and frequency. Everything
in my body was shaking for weeks and I was cold continually.
It took 6 weeks to feel warmth again in my body, I am able to walk
now and am in physical therapy 3 days a week. I have memory loss,
vision problems, hypersensitive hearing, numbness, and all over
weakness. I am so thankfully to be a live and know that I am blessed
to still be here!