BUCKEYE, AZ (WCMH) — A man remains hospitalized at a Phoenix burn unit after being struck by lightning while horseback riding.
According to deputies, the man and two relatives were riding home Saturday afternoon after they observed a storm moving in.
The lightning then hit, killing his horse instantly. The rider, Jamie Santana suffered burns on his upper body and remains in the hospital.
Family now stays at his bedside, praying and hoping that he wakes up.
“It’s just a matter of waiting and praying that he does wake up, and that he wakes up out of this just like he was before,” Santana’s sister, Sarah Torres told KNXV.
Santana’s injuries are so severe, doctor’s don’t know the full extent of what happened to him.
“Imagine getting thrown off a 50 story building, everything gets hurt. Your body is based electricity and water. Every system goes haywire,” said Dr. Sydney Vail.
Doctors say his chances for survival were boosted by witnesses performing CPR immediately after the lightning strike.
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