Family members of an El Mirage boy believe it’s a miracle the 13-year-old survived a lightning strike.
Reginald and Kelley Steele say their nephew Josiah Wiedman was in a park near Moreno Boulevard and Poppy Street Wednesday with another 13-year-old boy when the bolt hit both of them.
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The Steeles say Josiah’s friend is still in the hospital but was well enough to tell them what happened.
“It actually went through my nephew and it hit him,” says Reginald. “[Josiah’s friend] says they both took off flying. He landed on his chest but my nephew, unfortunately, landed on his head and that's why he has a fractured skull.”
The Steeles say Josiah is in a medically-induced coma. According to the last update from Phoenix Children's Hospital, he is in critical condition.
“Yesterday, there was a lot of movement going on but he couldn’t open his eyes but he was moving,” says Reginald.
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“The doctors want the siblings to talk to him so he can hear their voices so he can open his eyes,” says Kelley.
The Steeles are also grateful for the bystander that performed CPR on Josiah. They’re calling him an angel.
“If I had 10,000 tongues I couldn’t express the thankfulness that I have that he took the time out to do that,” says Reginald. “It goes to show he's a selfless individual.”
The Steeles say Josiah’s parents will be dealing with a lot of medical bills. A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist the family with expenses.
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