Maddie Davis was entering her grandmother's car when she was struck by lightning
For Rebecca Davis, the scariest part about her granddaughter Madison being struck by lightning was the fact that Rebecca couldn’t remember how to perform CPR.
Davis and her granddaughter were about to get into her car in the town of Westport, Indiana, last week, when she heard a loud bang. “I mean, I thought it hit a metal building,” she told Fox 59. “Then when I heard the big bang, I thought, ‘No, this can’t be.’ And I ran around and she was just lying there.”
In a panic, Davis blanked on how to perform CPR. She called 911, and a dispatcher was able to walk her through the steps: “I kept asking the lady, ‘What do I do?’ ” Rebecca said. “I really don’t know if I remembered anything. I didn’t know if they still blew in their mouth.”
As her granddaughter recovered, Rebecca fretted that the delay might have repercussions. But a week later, Maddie opened her eyes at Riley Hospital for Children, waking up to her family by her side.
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“It’s amazing,” Davis said. “The doctors say it’s amazing she’s come this far.”
But Maddie’s journey isn’t over. She faces a long recovery from the burns covering her body, and may need therapy to combat other complications from the lightning strike, which could include neurological damage. The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with the cost of treatment.