Indianapolis doctors, family speak about emotional roller coaster after girl is struck by lightning

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Doctors at Riley Hospital held a press conference today to talk about the recovery of a girl who was struck by lightning.

Madison Davis, 7, has been in Riley Hospital for over a week after she was struck by lightning in Decatur County. She was getting into her grandmother’s car when she was electrocuted, and today her grandmother Rebecca Davis described the horrific incident.

Rebecca says she felt helpless, and she immediately called 911. They asked her to check for a pulse, but she Madison didn’t have one. They walked her through how to perform CPR until an ambulance arrived.

“It was the most traumatic thing in the world,” Rebecca said.

The doctors said Rebecca did everything right because the first few minutes following a lightning strike are critical.

Madison has been making progress every day, and the doctors said her recovery has been pretty remarkable. She is already talking, and they’ve removed her breathing machines.

She still has a long road ahead of her and she’ll need to recover both psychologically and physically, but the doctors say it appears she’ll make a near full recovery.

Next, week she’ll be moved to an in-patient rehab center for a few weeks.

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