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Woman gives birth to a healthy baby after being struck by lightning
by Missy Jaramillo
After you find out you're pregnant, you're likely going to make fetal development a primary concern until you deliver your child. However, there's only so much you can do about the unexpected, as one woman discovered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Recently, the Associated Press reported on Kendra Villanueva, a previously pregnant woman who was trying to enjoy the Fourth of July on her porch on a rainy day.
Villanueva and her boyfriend, Ian Gordon, were about to go inside after they saw storms rolling into the area. However, Mother Nature didn't let them get away so quickly - both were struck by a bolt of lightning, putting Villanueva's unborn child in immediate danger.
"We were actually going inside because we heard the lightning and the thunder," Gordon told KRQE-TV, according to the AP. "The next thing we know, we woke up on the ground and everybody was just trying to keep us calm."
Both were rushed to the hospital, where doctors were forced to perform a cesarean section on Villanueva to save her child. Fortunately, the baby girl was delivered relatively unscathed by the lightning bolt. The couple decided to name her Kimberly Samantha Rose Gordon, but have already adopted the nickname Flash Gordon.
Villanueva received an injury to her thumb as a result of the incident, while Gordon was diagnosed with a ruptured eardrum. However, the couple and their baby just seemed happy to be alive after the unusual ordeal.
A medical expert who was treating Gordon and Villanueva at the scene claimed that there have only been 11 reported cases of pregnant women being struck by lightning. In these instances, only half of the unborn babies survived.
Whether you live in New York or New Mexico like Villanueva, you're going to want to take special precautionary measures when you're outside, especially if the sky looks gloomy. One way that you can protect yourself from lightning is by immediately moving indoors in the event of a storm. If this isn't an option, the National Weather Service recommended staying away from isolated trees and other tall items. Similarly, you should avoid elevated surfaces such as hills, as well as large bodies of water. Taking these tips into account can help you keep you and your baby safe during pregnancy.
How have you stayed safe during storms while pregnant? Do you know how to seek shelter in the event of inclement weather? Leave your feedback in the comments section!