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September 5, 1977

Lightning-Strike Disaster Among Children

JAMA. 1977;238(10):1045-1046. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280110049021

A lightning strike involving 47 children is described. Four cases demonstrate the most common and serious resulting pathology: burns, myocardial infarction, and neurological symptoms varying from feelings of fear and nightmares to brain death. The pathophysiology of lightning injury is described. The importance of immediate resuscitation of the victim who appears dead after a lightning strike is emphasized, and procedures to prevent lightning injury are presented.

(JAMA 238:1045-1046, 1977)