Friday, July 7, 2017

Pregnant Florida Woman Struck By Lightning; Son Delivered by Emergency C-Section

Eric Chaney
Published: July 6,2017

A pregnant woman who was struck by lightning in Florida last week is recovering after doctors delivered her baby by emergency C-section.
Meghan Davidson, who was in her third trimester, was walking alone near her home in Fort Myers last week when she was struck, ABC News reported.
According to a neighbor who called 911, the lightning bolt seemed to come out of nowhere, the report added.
It was “a little cloudy, but no rain or thunder or lightning that we could tell,” said the neighbor. “Then all of a sudden there was a flash of lightning.”
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Meghan Davidson and her son are recovering after a pregnant Meghan was struck by lightning and doctors did an emergency C-section to deliver the baby.
(Screenshot courtesy of Fox 4)

“Thunderstorms during the afternoon are very typical for South Florida during the summer months,” said meteorologist Jonathan Belles. “On June 29, afternoon and evening thunderstorms dropped nearly one inch of rain around Fort Myers.”
Another neighbor told the 911 operator he could not find a pulse and was later instructed to use his own shirt as a cushion under her back, ABC News also said.
The baby's father, Matt Davidson, was working at a local gym when he was notified of what happened, NBC-2 reported. His business partner and close friend, James McCoy, recalls Davidson rushing to his wife's aid.
"He left immediately," McCoy told NBC-2. "We didn't know what was going on."
Meghan was rushed to the hospital where doctors delivered the baby, a boy named Owen, seven days before his due date, NBC-2 reported.
“If they didn’t have a stillbirth that’s quite a miracle,” Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City who was not involved in Meghan Davidson’s treatment, told ABC News.
Davidson also referred to his wife’s and son’s recoveries as a “miracle” but said he and his family are not prepared to share further details at this time.
“[Meghan] is looking at a full recovery and we’re just going to continue progressing with that at the moment,” he told ABC News. “When she gets better, we will talk about what we want to do and how to glorify God and what he’s done through all of this miracle.”
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