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

hjeffrey@charlotteobserver.comJune 26, 2014 

A 9-year-old boy who was struck by lightning Wednesday was throwing a javelin at the Johnson C. Smith University track complex at the time, according to a recording of a 911 call released Thursday.

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.

The child, transported to Carolinas Medical Center, had life-threatening injuries, said Lester Oliva of Medic.

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

Johnson C. Smith University spokeswoman Sherri Belfield said 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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