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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Britney Wehrle, 11, hit by lightning on a sunny afternoon - 28th July 2011

An 11-year-old girl is recovering after she was struck by a bolt from the blue.

Britney Wehrle, from Pennsylvania, was walking with a friend on Friday when she was struck by lightning from a storm several miles away.

The bolt hit her on the left shoulder leaving a burn-like mark and exited her wrist, where it left another mark.

Her mother Lisa said: 'There was no rain. It was a beautiful day. All she heard was some thunder.

'She was coming down the hill with her friend about 2:30pm. She didn't feel anything, she just saw a bright flash of light. It was just so freaky.

'It wasn't a direct hit. It went in through her shoulder and out through her wrist.'

The 11-year-old didn't know anything happened until she tried to open the door to her home and couldn't use her left arm.

Britney was treated at a Pittsburgh hospital for a broken arm. Doctors discovered her arm was broken, but otherwise she's OK.

Dr Jonathan Landis, director of emergency medicine at Canonsburg General Hospital, where she was treated, told the Observer Reporter: 'It is pretty well-documented that a person can be hit from a lightning strike from a storm ten to 12 miles away.

'There are case reports of, on a clear, blue day, someone receiving an injury consistent with a lighting strike from a thunderstorm some distance away.' Read More