911 call: ‘My younger brother got hit by lightning’

hjeffrey@charlotteobserver.comJune 25, 2014 

A 9-year-old boy who remains hospitalized after being struck by lightning Thursday had been throwing a javelin at the Johnson C. University’s track complex at the time, according to a 911 call released today.

The boy’s sister told the operator: “My younger brother got hit by lightning, and we think he’s dead.”

She said the boy’s eyes were open but he was unresponsive. The operator instructed the boy’s sister to find a defibrillator and perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

Family members at the Felder residence Thursday afternoon said they had nothing to report about the boy’s condition.

The child, transported to Carolinas Medical Center, had life-threatening injuries, according to Lester Oliva of Medic. There was no word on the child’s condition Thursday morning.

Johnson C. Smith University spokeswoman Sherri Belfield said that the child was with family, using the track during public hours. Belfield said the child was not participating in any of the school’s youth summer camps.

Staff writer Steve Lyttle contributed.

Jeffrey: 704-358-6180; Twitter: @hannahjeffrey34

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