Teen recovering in Springfield hospital after being struck by lightning in Granby Tuesday
GRANBY — A 16-year-old student struck by lightning and knocked unconscious while outside the MacDuffie School Tuesday afternoon is recovering at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield.
Head of school Steve Griffin said Wednesday he spoke to the young woman’s parents and informed her fellow students that she is on the mend.
“She is alert and asking about her homework, which is wonderful,” Griffin said.
Two other young people who suffered similar ill effects from the same strike were hospitalized for a time before being released.
Granby emergency responders took a 911 call around 5 p.m. after the 16-year-old was found unresponsive at a wooden picnic table where she had been sitting, according to a press release from Granby Police Chief Alan Wishart.
Three faculty members performed CPR on the student, Griffin said, and she regained consciousness before Granby ambulance personnel got to the scene. She was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.
A 20-year-old student was also knocked unconscious by the lightning strike and a 17-year-old reported he was feeling effects, likely not from a direct hit but from being close enough to where the lightning struck, Griffin said. They were brought by Belchertown ambulance to Baystate, where they were kept for observation before being released, he said.
A number of students were outside where a lacrosse game was being played when the thunderstorm hit suddenly, Griffin said. The picnic table where the 16-year-old was sitting sustained some splintering from the strike.
Griffin said he was impressed by the quick response of the three faculty members to do the emergency CPR on the 16-year-old and get medical assistance for the other two students. “It was a real community effort to support these kids,” he said.
The private school has 230 students, from sixth through 12th grades, with 130 from 19 countries and the other 100 day boarders from communities in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
A school assembly was held Wednesday morning to allow Griffin to give information to students, answer their questions and offer them access to a counselor and nurse, he said.