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(CNN)   The sole survivor of a deadly lightning strike outside the White House earlier this month is shocked to be alive but struggling with survivor's grief and a loss of feeling in her legs   (cnn.com) divider line
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2022-08-18 10:14:30 PM  
I'm willing to help with rehab. Call me.
 
2022-08-18 10:16:29 PM  
Negative story with a positive ending.
 
2022-08-18 10:19:07 PM  
She would have died, but when she got to Heaven's gate, St. Peter tried to read her name from the Book of Life, but just gave up and sent her back to Life...

/back to life, back to reality....
 
2022-08-18 10:20:05 PM  
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2022-08-18 10:20:46 PM  
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2022-08-18 10:21:54 PM  
It's kind of sad that folks from the Midwest don't know how to shelter from lightning. There were dozens of buildings around that park less than 500 feet away. Even standing in the doorway would have been better. Getting wet is much better than getting hit.
 
2022-08-18 10:21:55 PM  
I'm gonna be the asshole here, but no one would care if she wasn't pretty.
 
2022-08-18 10:22:05 PM  
With that nerve damage, you may be wishing you were dead.

//hope you fully recover
 
2022-08-18 10:24:37 PM  

meat0918: I'm gonna be the asshole here, but no one would care if she wasn't pretty.


I care, and I didn't even know she was pretty because I didn't click the link.

I mean, I didn't care enough to click the link. But I care.
 
2022-08-18 10:27:05 PM  
She's not gonna bang you. Especially because she has superpowers now... or something.
 
2022-08-18 10:31:28 PM  
I think what we've learned here is that God super hates it when people do volunteer work.  Or maybe just canvassing.
 
2022-08-18 10:31:35 PM  
She's not going out again.  She's grounded.
 
2022-08-18 10:35:45 PM  
It is Trump's fault.
 
2022-08-18 10:38:01 PM  

hammettman: She's not going out again.  She's currently grounded.

 
2022-08-18 10:44:06 PM  
Survivor's guilt is an odd concept to me. Better you than me I say.
 
2022-08-18 10:44:41 PM  
And now she is a big AC/DC fan
 
2022-08-18 10:45:25 PM  
Alternate headline:

Banker with guilty conscience gets wrath'ed so hard that someone ELSE's grandma and grandpa felt it.
 
2022-08-18 10:45:41 PM  
Escudero-Kontostathis, 28, and three other victims were riding out a thunderstorm underneath a tree in Lafayette Park

Uh...

"Don't just go out in a thunderstorm wearing Docs because that will not save you, that's for sure," she said.

Goddamnit, Darwin. You missed one.
 
2022-08-18 10:47:36 PM  

chewynathan2: And now she is a big AC/DC fan


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Hetfield is single...
 
2022-08-18 10:47:42 PM  
I get it. I've made women lose feeling in their legs in the sack after striking them with Zeus.
 
2022-08-18 10:49:07 PM  
6 separate bolts in half a second. [restraint from making blasphemous joke]
 
2022-08-18 10:50:50 PM  

chewynathan2: And now she is a big AC/DC fan


thunder struck?
 
2022-08-18 10:51:51 PM  
Learn this lesson folks; never say "Zeus is gay".
 
2022-08-18 10:53:25 PM  
I once had lightning strike about 30 feet from where I stood.

The flash and BOOM were simultaneous.

I thought "Damn that was close."

I was fine but a lot of electronics nearby were fried.
 
2022-08-18 10:53:58 PM  
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Always, white biatchs.
 
2022-08-18 10:54:55 PM  

jook: Escudero-Kontostathis, 28, and three other victims were riding out a thunderstorm underneath a tree in Lafayette Park

Uh...

"Don't just go out in a thunderstorm wearing Docs because that will not save you, that's for sure," she said.

Goddamnit, Darwin. You missed one.


Charming.
 
2022-08-18 10:55:39 PM  
She's INCREDIBLY lucky to be alive. And 10 minutes no pulse in between two resuscitations is prime hypoxic brain damage territory. That ER put in some serious work to keep her alive.
 
2022-08-18 10:55:42 PM  
Growing up in Europe I was thought not to stand under a tree during thunder and lightning.
 
2022-08-18 10:56:57 PM  
It's good she's got a positive attitude but she got f•cked up pretty hard nonetheless. FTA: "Plagued by nerve damage from her waist down leaving her with no feeling in her legs, Escudero-Kontostathis is now dependent on a walker to get around most of the time."
 
2022-08-18 10:58:21 PM  
The granddaughter of someone I know got struck by lightning a couple of weeks ago. The girl is okay, only because her dad performed CPR on her while they waited for the ambulance. I'm told that she remembers absolutely nothing of that day.

I am terrified of lightning, so I wanted to know as many details about the situation as possible. Unfortunately, the girl remembers nothing.

Actually, for her, it probably isn't unfortunate that she doesn't remember it.
 
2022-08-18 11:00:04 PM  

mononymous: She would have died, but when she got to Heaven's gate, St. Peter tried to read her name from the Book of Life, but just gave up and sent her back to Life...

/back to life, back to reality....


Thanks for that earworm.
 
2022-08-18 11:01:32 PM  
Yo! My down the way, like 150 foot away, neighbor had a megawatt zapper fully destroy the top of his tallest palm. Luke blew that f*cker up. Big hunks were all over the block. Started on fire. Killed the whole tree. Few months ago. I was on my back porch feeling scared as sh*t when it happened. *BOOM* No f'n way Lee Trevino walks away from that one.
 
2022-08-18 11:02:21 PM  

jook: Escudero-Kontostathis, 28, and three other victims were riding out a thunderstorm underneath a tree in Lafayette Park

Uh...

"Don't just go out in a thunderstorm wearing Docs because that will not save you, that's for sure," she said.

Goddamnit, Darwin. You missed one.


More importantly, in a thunderstorm don't stand under a tree or other non-metallic structure. They attract the lightning.

If you feel your hair stand up, run and dive into a ditch. Get low and get away from tall things that will attract lightning and won't safely ground it. Inside a car is usually very safe.

Better wet than dead.
 
2022-08-18 11:02:51 PM  

meat0918: I'm gonna be the asshole here, but no one would care if she wasn't pretty.


To be fair, I doubt anyone actually cares any more because of that, they're just more likely to comment here because of it.
 
2022-08-18 11:04:30 PM  
I lived in Florida for two years and during that time there were a few deaths due to lightning strikes. The most memorable one was some dude on a motorcycle going up I-95 and it struck him in the head. I bet he had no idea what had happened as he crashed into the center divider.
 
2022-08-18 11:06:55 PM  

Badafuco: I lived in Florida for two years and during that time there were a few deaths due to lightning strikes. The most memorable one was some dude on a motorcycle going up I-95 and it struck him in the head. I bet he had no idea what had happened as he crashed into the center divider.


Here is the story...

https://www.jacksonville.com/story/news/state/2019/06/10/motorcyclist-was-struck-by-lightning-while-riding-on-i-95-in-florida-his-helmet-couldnt-save-him/4946181007/
 
2022-08-18 11:09:02 PM  

Frenchtoast Mafia: She's not gonna bang you. Especially because she has superpowers now... or something.


Numb legs is kind of a shiatty super power.
 
2022-08-18 11:09:36 PM  
Grab a large piece of sheet metal and run towards the tallest tree you can find
 
2022-08-18 11:09:45 PM  
Lightning is serious sh*t

Awesome lighting strike on a pine !
Youtube szOnAUnuMLk



/Apparently English cursing is the universal language
 
2022-08-18 11:10:50 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: I get it. I've made women lose feeling in their legs in the sack after striking them with Zeus.


Is Zeus a brand of roofies?
 
2022-08-18 11:19:14 PM  
I wonder if she now has a Lichtenberg"tattoo" from the lightning?

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2022-08-18 11:19:15 PM  

Gawdzila: Lightning is serious sh*t

[YouTube video: Awesome lighting strike on a pine !]


/Apparently English cursing is the universal language


When I was 17, I was in a shed that got struck by lightning.

The shed was only about 30 feet away from the house, but I happened to be in it when a nasty storm started. A heavy storm with very heavy rain and a ton of fierce lightning came on kind of suddenly. The lightning was blasting all around.

I never knew that I was afraid of lightning until that night. I stayed in the shed because I didn't want to try to run to the house.

Anyway, I was standing in the shed, and all of the sudden I felt, like, an electrical charge building up around me. I heard a sort of static electricity noise above, if that makes any sense. Then everything got silent for a second, and BOOM! It sounded like a bomb just went off a few feet above the roof of the shed.

It was the only time in my entire life that I've ever screamed out of fear. I screamed and hit the deck. The scream just came out of me primally. I was surprised by it, actually.

After another 10 minutes or so, I ran back to the house. I was uninjured.

The shed never caught fire, although the next day, you could see damage done to the peak of its roof. I think if it hadn't been raining so hard, the shed would have caught fire.

This is why I don't fark with lightning. That was enough for me.
 
2022-08-18 11:31:33 PM  

Bovine Diarrhea Virus: I get it. I've made women lose feeling in their legs in the sack after striking them with Zeus.


Excessive weight on the legs can do that.
 
2022-08-18 11:35:21 PM  
""I'm not sure why I'm the one that made it," Escudero-Kontostathis"

Because God loves you.  Specifically Zeus, The Rain-Gatherer, Storm-Browed, Thunderer.  Be ready for a freaky divine visit, you lucky mortal, you.
 
2022-08-18 11:45:38 PM  

DuneClimber: This is why I don't fark with lightning



We had eaten mushrooms and were having a great time in the old log cabin in the middle of a 1/2 mile wide by a 2 mile long meadow outside of Yosemite. This is below the Pilot Peak lookout at a meadow called Deer flat.. So a huge storm is coming the sky is booming and lighting up in the distance so we decide to beat feet and get back to the house at the top of the meadow maybe a mile and a half. It is really nasty now super windy pelting sheets of rain we are all dressed in t shirts and shorts triping to the balls and at this point pretty much screaming and running. We are a couple of hundred feet from the tree line and lightning hits the top of a 100 foot snag the thunder is instantaneous we are flattened to the ground and rained on with the pieces of the tree. OMFG when we peeled ouselves of the ground we ran screaming louder the 1/2 mile to the cabin. My girlfreind started vomiting hard the second we hit the house. We then consumed the large bottle of E and J brandy. Two days later we went back down to the meadow and 1/2 of that hundred foot tree was gone and there was a 10 foot spear stuck in the ground a few feet from where we were flattened.
This recolection still puts a little fear of God in me. Good luck to this women
 
2022-08-18 11:49:59 PM  

Gawdzila: Lightning is serious sh*t

[YouTube video: Awesome lighting strike on a pine !]


/Apparently English cursing is the universal language


You could hear the tree screaming in pain.
 
2022-08-18 11:49:59 PM  
I thought this was gonna be a trick headline.  Instead it just described what happened.
 
2022-08-18 11:50:03 PM  

The Irresponsible Captain: jook: Escudero-Kontostathis, 28, and three other victims were riding out a thunderstorm underneath a tree in Lafayette Park

Uh...

"Don't just go out in a thunderstorm wearing Docs because that will not save you, that's for sure," she said.

Goddamnit, Darwin. You missed one.

More importantly, in a thunderstorm don't stand under a tree or other non-metallic structure. They attract the lightning.

If you feel your hair stand up, run and dive into a ditch. Get low and get away from tall things that will attract lightning and won't safely ground it. Inside a car is usually very safe.

Better wet than dead.


Yeah, I thought that was one of those things everyone learned by adulthood: do not stand underneath trees in a thunderstorm, they act as lightning rods. I guess it's still news to some folks.
 
2022-08-18 11:55:00 PM  

DuneClimber: The granddaughter of someone I know got struck by lightning a couple of weeks ago. The girl is okay, only because her dad performed CPR on her while they waited for the ambulance. I'm told that she remembers absolutely nothing of that day.

I am terrified of lightning, so I wanted to know as many details about the situation as possible. Unfortunately, the girl remembers nothing.

Actually, for her, it probably isn't unfortunate that she doesn't remember it.


If you now know of twice cases where the victims don't remember anything about being struck, why are you still afraid?

You'll either be dead or you won't remember it.

I'm sure there are plenty of people who wish they could forget their traumatic event.
 
2022-08-18 11:57:27 PM  

ToughActinProlactin: She's INCREDIBLY lucky to be alive. And 10 minutes no pulse in between two resuscitations is prime hypoxic brain damage territory. That ER put in some serious work to keep her alive.


Or the nurses who did the actual work.
 
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