Teen Struck by Lightning
September 5, 2003
Park County, Colorado: Matt Thomsen doesn't remember what happened.
He was was standing near his truck, waiting for his friends when
he was struck by lightning..
When he woke up, he discovered that lightning had knocked out
his tongue ring and left a purple streak running the length of
Thomsen realizes that he is a very lucky young
man. "It's great to be breathing again", said Thomsen,
17. "I'm very thankful."
"I saw a bright red flash and heard a big bang," said
Thomsen's friend, Chris Allen also 17. "I ran for cover and
I saw Matt go to the ground. I ran back over to him and he was
smoking from his chest."
Thomsen was already turning blue, by the time another friend,
Jessica Folsom, arrived. . "People just starting yelling",
"Do mouth-to-mouth," Folsom said. "Nobody was doing
it, so I started doing it.
Both Allen and Folsom said they had not revived anyone before
and knew how only from watching television.
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