PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A teenager from West Virginia is recovering after being hit by lightning while playing softball at a church camp in Parkersburg.
Zachary Sandy, 18, is in the burn unit at West Penn Hospital in Bloomfield.
His dad, Russell Sandy, says Zachary wasn’t responding after the strike on Wednesday despite CPR. Eventually, paramedics found a weak pulse.
Russell Sandy says his son has a mark down his back and his clothes from that day smell like a “furnace.” His shoes have holes in them.
Zachary had a ventilator removed Thursday and has been in out and of consciousness. His mom, Cheri Sandy, says he’s having short term memory problems but those are expected to clear up.
His prognosis is good, but it’s unclear when he’ll be released.
His parents say he wants to be a minister, and at one point at the hospital, he woke up, took his father’s hand and led everyone in a prayer before falling back asleep.