• Child rushed to hospital after lightning strike

    By: Alexa Ashwell


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A 9-year-old is fighting for his life after he was struck by lightning Wednesday on a Charlotte university campus.
    The child was rushed to the hospital after struck at Johnson C. Smith University.
    Police said he was on the field for a sports camp.

    Medics were able to get the child's heart beating again when he was rushed Carolinas Medical Center.
    Witnesses said the boy was playing on the field when they heard a loud clap of thunder, turned and saw him lying on the ground, unresponsive.

    Alphonse Smith and his grandmother got to the stadium just after medics performed CPR on the boy, then rushed him to the hospital.

    “We came and we saw police locking the gate,” Smith said.
    Smith runs track and was here to practice.
    His grandmother dropped him off and was shocked at what happened.
    “That's scary. They really need to pay attention to that when there's raining and lightning and stuff like that," she said.
    Channel 9 checked and JCSU said the university was not hosting a camp when this happened.
    A spokeswoman said the facility is open to the public at times.
    She also said during the summer months, other organizations hold camps at the facility.
    Smith’s grandmother said she's now more apprehensive dropping off her grandson when there are stormy conditions.
    “No, it doesn't cross my mind that something could happen like this," she said.
    No word on the child's condition but officials said he was brought to CMC with life-threatening injuries.

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