‘It was a miracle’ – wife who saved husband after lightning strike

2016-03-01 11:08
Eric and Gwen Mckechnie. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

Eric and Gwen Mckechnie. (Supplied to Netwerk24)

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Pietermaritzburg - While her husband took pictures of the clouds over the Drakensberg, there was a deafening thud.

Suddenly, he was gone, Gwen McKechnie of Alberton told Netwerk24 on Monday.

She found her husband Eric, 57, lying next to their car after he had been struck by lightning. He was not breathing nor had a pulse.

"He was basically dead," she said.

The couple were on holiday in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, to celebrate their 24th wedding anniversary, News24 reported on Monday.

They had driven around on Sunday afternoon following a short spell of rain in the area.

The couple had been travelling along a small road when Eric stopped and got out of the car to take a picture of an "amazing cloud with rays of sun burning through it".

After Eric was hit, Gwen phoned her mother, Elsie Meyer, to ask her to send help, and then tried to apply mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"I did not really know what I was doing, but I had to do something," said Gwen.

‘It was a miracle’

Shortly afterwards, a vehicle carrying five people pulled up alongside them. A nurse offered to help her.

While the two women tried to save Eric, the others prayed.

"I do not know how it happened, but he survived. It was a miracle," said Gwen.

Eric started breathing again shortly before paramedics arrived and was rushed to hospital in Ladysmith, where he underwent tests.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said Eric had only complained of nausea and impairment to his hearing, which was due to a burst eardrum.

Eric's son, Brandon, told Netwerk24 it seemed his father will likely recover from the ordeal.

Read the full Netwerk24 article here.

- Health24: CPR

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