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Surviving girl of lightning strike “fine and stable”

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. – The family of the surviving girl that was struck by lightning last week says she is doing well.

She was one of the three girls swimming along a Playa del Carmen beach Friday when a bolt of lightning struck, killing the two other girls she was with. Lifeguards performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The surviving girl was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Eugene, father of the surviving girl, said, “She’s fine, stable. She is reacting well. Doctors are doing tests to determine damage of her internal organs, but she is progressing well.”

He said his daughter says she felt a shock hit the sea when she became disoriented. She said she felt a lot of pain throughout her body but she never lost consciousness.

“It’s probably going to be two more days of observation. They are working on blood and urine tests to check that everything functions and is working properly. Doctors says that your heart and kidneys are most susceptible to damage under these types of circumstances.”

Eugene took a moment to thank the community of Playa del Carmen and those who helped his daughter and her two classmates who died.

“Never before had I heard of anything like that happening here, that a lightning struck suddenly appears out of nowhere, but thank God my daughter is doing well. Now we have support to the group of children,” he concluded.

Some social media platforms gathered local citizens who laid wreaths along the beach in memory of the two girls who lost their lives. A mass will be held Saturday for the girls who are to be cremated. All three girls were 13.

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