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Teenage Footballer, 16, Is Struck By Lightning During Training Session

Teenage Footballer, 16, Is Struck By Lightning During Training Session

A teenager is fighting for his life after his necklace was struck by lightning while playing football in Russia.

A video has been shared online showing the moment Ivan Zaborsky, from Orekhovo-Zuevo, near Moscow, was hit by a bolt of lighting as he kicked a football into an empty net during a practice session for FC Znamya Truda.

Following the terrifying incident, coaches rushed over to the 16-year-old, with his Anton Basov performing a heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

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The teen subsequently fell into a coma and was rushed to hospital, where he remains now.

Speaking about the incident, Ivan's girlfriend Yelena told Podyem media: "He is in stable condition.

"He regained consciousness but due to a strong painful shock he had to be put back into a coma.

"He has a scar around his neck where the lightning hit his chain, and that his lung was damaged.

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"He needs time to stabilise."

The bolt of lightning struck the 16-year-old while he was playing football. Credit: east2west
The bolt of lightning struck the 16-year-old while he was playing football. Credit: east2west

His sister Karina Zaborovskaya added: "He woke several times, but doctors were scared to take a risk, and he was put back to a coma.

"Doctors say that he was born under a lucky star. I still can't comprehend it all.

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"I cannot understand how it could happen.

"There were no clouds above the stadium before and during the training session, nothing signalled trouble."

She also praised the coaching staff, claiming they "saved his life" with their prompt action.

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Jamie Bickford - known as Karma to her fans - was commentating on Rocket League when all of a sudden she let out a wail, before going quiet and then whimpering in pain.

Her viewers had no clue what had happened during the stream, but she later logged back on to explain what happened and it's pretty bloody weird.

Jamie, who lives in Boston, Massachusetts, said: "There's major thunderstorms going on now, in my area, and the house next door to me got struck by lightning. It's not on fire. I don't know what happened.

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"The lightning must've hit there and gone through, there's like a metal thing - you guys can't see what I'm talking about - but there's a metal thing that goes down the house, and it must've gone down the house and somehow hit me.

"Not 'hit me', but it went into my controller, and the controller, like, sparked and burned my hand."

Featured Image Credit: east2west

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