12-Year-Old Girl Struck by Lightning
July 24, 2007
Pelion, SC- Brittany Vaughn remembers
that the skies were clear when she was hit by a lightning strike.
Thunder could be heard in the distance when 12-year-old Brittany
ran outside of her home to chain the family dog.
Inside, Brittany's mother, Jennifer
Sanders, heard some rumbling thunder and then the sound of lightning
striking. Sanders said that she"went running outside. First
thing we seen was like a small fire. Smoke going straight up in
the sky, then seen her lying face down in the dirt." Sanders
continued, "I was screaming at the top of my lungs, screaming
her name, shaking her."
The lightning strike knocked Brittany
to the ground, however, she doesn't remember much about it. She
said that it "seemed like I just fell asleep."
Brittany said, "I was right between
the pine trees, I guess it went right through me." She was
unconscious for about a minute, waking up a bit confused. She noticed
a mark at her ankle and felt a little numb.
The doctors said that the lightning likely exited Brittany's body
at her ankle. She feels fine now, except for a minor headache. "Guess
I was just lucky!" says Brittany. "Thank the Lord I'm
Brittany and her mom are extremely
grateful. "It was a lesson in life. If I ever think there's
a storm coming. I won't let them outside, whether the dog's chained
The National Weather Service stresses
that lightning can strike as far as 10 miles from where it's raining.
So if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance.