Lightning Survivor Speaks

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 9:15am

Woman was struck while inside her home.


Lightning is a powerful force of nature.

It has the power to split trees and ignite fires.

The odds of being struck by it in a lifetime are 1 in 10,000.

Adriela Resendez is that one.

"My neighbors were outside, I was inside, he didn't get hit, I got hit," she says.

Sunday's storm was spooking her dogs. So she wanted to check on them.

She looked out the sliding glass door and the lightning zapped her before she could open it.

"I was standing right here when I felt something hit my leg really hard and I ran towards the living room," she recalls.

The pain paralyzed her body and her legs gave out.

Her sister Bernise found her on the floor and dialed 9-1-1.

"She'd come back and then she'd blank out again, the paramedics kept talking to her but she couldn't do anything, she couldn't move," says Bernise.

Resendez spent seven hours at the hospital.

Doctors made sure she could walk on her own before letting her go.

Surprisingly, she left without a single scratch or burn.

"That was an ugly feeling I do not wish that on anybody," she says.

It's something Resendez won't be able to forget, but if she does, the back door is discolored from the strike and out front there are two burn marks to remind her.

Resendez says her arms are sore and her back hurts.

Other than that she should be okay.

According to the National Weather Service, lightning kills 39 people a year and injures 240 others.
 

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