LaFollette woman survives lightning strike

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A LaFollette woman is lucky to be alive after being hit by lightning while on vacation in South Carolina.

Alice Tran, 23, is now back home after spending time in the hospital. She said she was enjoying a fun and relaxing vacation on the beach when the terrifying experience nearly took her life.

“I still cant remember the event itself,” she said.

She woke up in a hospital room, surrounded by loved ones at her bedside.

“It was just so much confusion because I have no idea what went on and one of the first questions I had was what happened?” Tran said.

Tran was vacationing with her family in the Isle of Palms near Charleston, South Carolina. The weather looked clear so she went ot the beach. Then, thunder started ro roar. Her little sister and boyfriend Seth Baird were only feet away in the knee-deep water when the unthinkable happened.

“You don’t ever think something like that could happen to you,” Tran said.

Within minutes, lightning struck the very water they were standing in.

“I looked up and there she was, face up in the water,” Baird said.

Baird raced to an unconscious Tran. She wasn’t breathing and he couldn’t feel a pulse. He pulled her out of the water and with the help of good Samaritans, performed CPR until paramedics arrived on scene.

“The whole time I just stood there, praying. Praying aloud to her. Because during all this, it was just me and her and God, and that was it,” Baird said.

First responders shocked Tran back to life before transporting her to the intensive care unit. She didn’t regain consciousness for three days. One month later, she’s back home in LaFollette and says she’s thankful to be alive.

“I’m very grateful to still be here, because I know how rare it is for someone to survive after something like this,” Tran said.

Tran is out of the hospital and working on her recovery. She says she is still a bit weak and is trying to rebuild her strength through physical therapy.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Alice Tran with her medical expenses. Nearly $12,000 has already been raised of the $20,000 goal.

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