Man hit by lightning in Denver during intense thunderstorm, resuscitated by wife

Victim struck in parking lot near I-25, Hampden

DENVER - A man in his 30s was struck by lightning Wednesday evening near Interstate 25 and Hampden Avenue. He's being treated for burns at University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz.

Denver Fire Department spokesman Phil Champagne said the man was in the parking lot of the Hebrew Alliance Center on South Ivanhoe Street near East Jefferson Avenue.  The man had just put his family in the car when he was struck while running around to the driver's door.

The man had no pulse, but Rabbi Saomon Gruenwald said he was resuscitated by his wife.

"It happened in a flash, literally. The lightning struck and then they turned around and he was on the ground," said Rabbi Gruenwald. "She happened to be trained in CPR and she sprung into action and did what she had been trained to do."

No one in the car was injured. Doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz told 7News the man's wife likely saved his life.

"You want to help those people who aren’t breathing and aren’t responding because, often times, the heart will restart after it’s been stunned or shocked into not working," said Dr. Chris Davis. "If you breathe for them and do a little CPR, often times you’ll get them back."

The man suffered burns on 15 percent of his body but his family told Rabbi Gruenwald he will be okay.

A line of intense thunderstorms was moving through the metro area at about 9 p.m., when the man was hit.


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