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Outside playing football


My name is John. In 2013, when I was 16 years old, and I was struck by lightning on labor day weekend at my lake house in Gainesville, GA, I coded for 4 minutes and 48 seconds. They thought I was dead. Thank god when I got struck me while my buddies and I were playing football in a field there was a doctor, pastor and a nurse watching us play. There was storm going on that we ignored. When I was directly hit by lightning, the doctor ran out and immediately started CPR and chest pumps. After akmost 5 mintes, they were able to revive me and get me to a hospital in time. At the hospital they put me in coma to protect my organs and then transferred me to the Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, where I was in coma from August 31-September 4. They said I would not be able to walk again but I'm walking and jogging 2 months later. After one mor surgery, I'm told I will be back to 100% after the long recovery process. Then I will be able to return to high school and my lacrosse team. I won't be playing in thunderstorms anymore!