Strikes Mother and Child in North Carolina Parking Lot
September 28, 2008
Fayetteville, N.C. — A mother
and her 18-month-old child were struck by lightning Friday
just after 4 p.m. outside a TJ Maxx store in Fayetteville.
The pair were headed toward the store at 5027 Morganton
Road when the strike happened, according to Scott Iverson
of the Fayetteville Fire Department.
Iverson said the woman was
carrying her child and holding an umbrella as they walked
across the parking lot. The woman was
"The umbrella was obviously
struck at the top, and we have burns at the bottom of the
umbrella where she was holding it," he said.
Iverson said a soldier who
was in the parking lot at the time of the strike performed
CPR on the woman, reviving her before paramedics arrived.
Multiple media outlets reported
that a Fort Bragg spokeswoman identified the woman as a
soldier from Fort Bragg.
The woman was reportedly in
critical condition Monday at the North Carolina Jaycees
Burn Center at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill while her son
was in stable condition.