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Hit While Coaching Little League


My name is Melissa Mumford of Florence SC. My 19 year old son Zach Mumford was struck by lightening on August 25, 2015 while coaching little league football. He received CPR until the fire department got there and they had to use the defibrillator on him twice because he wasn't breathing and had no pulse. He was transported to the hospital where he was in the Intensive Care Unit for 5 days.

He had hearing loss in his right ear and pain in his hip and back. Also his legs and feet tingle and get numb. He has a scar on his chest, hip and foot where he was hit on the right side of his body. His taste buds have also changed after three months. He has random but excruciating pain from time to time . He is scheduled for an MRI on his lumbar this month. God spared his life and it is truly a miracle that he's still here.