Man struck by lightning in Krugersdorp in serious condition

2019-04-26 07:27


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A 25-year-old man sustained serious burn wounds when he was struck by lightning in Krugersdorp on Thursday. 

According to Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst, paramedics responded to a call about the incident in 4th Street, Krugersdorp North, at around 12:41.

"Reports from the scene indicate that the man had been cutting grass when lightning started to appear during a thunderstorm," Herbst said.

"The man, with other colleagues, sought shelter under a tree when he was struck by lightning."

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Herbst said the man's colleagues managed to escape serious injury.

"Paramedics assessed the patient and found that he had sustained serious burn wounds to a large portion of his body as well as cardiac complications.

"The patient required Advanced Life Support intervention to stabilise him and due to the nature of his injuries the Netcare 2 helicopter air ambulance was called to the scene.

"Once treated, the patient was flown to a specialised facility in Johannesburg for the treatment he required," Herbst said. 

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