Meghan Davidson, 26, was nine months pregnant when she was struck by lightning during a walk with her mom outside her home in Florida. She was only a week away from delivering her baby.
As earlier reported by Dearly, the mom of two was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Her baby, Owen, was delivered via Caesarean section on June 30.Screenshot/NBC2
Baby Owen had a steady heartbeat after birth, WPTV reports, but he needed oxygen assistance. Then two weeks later, he passed away at the hospital.
At the time of the accident, Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician, told ABC News that it’s rare to see a case of a pregnant woman struck by lightning:
“It’s pretty rare to get struck in general and for a pregnant woman it’s even less common […] If they didn’t have a stillbirth that’s quite a miracle.”
— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) July 15, 2017
The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that six people have died from lightning strikes in 2017. Four of the fatalities have taken place in Florida.
On the day Davidson was struck, her neighbors told the 911 operator that there were clouds in the sky but no signs of lightning or thunder.
In order to reduce the risk of being struck by lightning, the NWS recommends checking the weather report before going outside, moving indoors at the sound of thunder, staying indoors for up to 30 minutes after the last thunder clap, and staying away from anything that could conduct electricity inside the house.