Thursday, June 17, 2010

Girl, 16, struck by lightning while riding horse - Full Article

Thursday, June 17, 2010


GOSHEN — A 16-year-old girl from the Goshen area is back home, recovering and “doing okay” after being struck by lightning while guiding a horse inside a barn last week, the mother of the girl told The Register Citizen.

Codi Deakin, a boarder at Pie Hill Farm in Goshen, went outside just before 3 p.m. on June 10 to guide Neo, a draft cross breed, back into a barn for a lesson, said Romona Deakin, the girl’s mother. It was blue skies out, and while there were dark clouds in the distance it didn’t seem like there was any immediate threat of a storm, Romona Deakin said.

Then, the lightning struck, taking down the girl and the horse. Emergency officials arrived and rushed Codi Deakin to Charlotte Hungerford Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

“She’s making progress,” Romona Deakin said. “She will recover. It’s a very long and expensive road, but she’s at home resting.”

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