Macon student struck by light during vacation, family say

Walker Bethune, a Stratford Academy student, is recovering after being struck by lightning, according to his family. (Photo: Bridge of Care)

A Georgian teenager is hospitalized after his family say he was struck by lightning while on vacation.

Stratford Academy, a private school in Macon, shared a picture of the student, Walker Bethune, and a journal entry from Caring Bridge on his recovery.

The entry said he and his family were on vacation in Marco Island, Florida when he was struck.

Family members immediately administered CPR. Bethune was rushed to a local hospital.

Once stabilized, he was transported for life to the University of Miami Health, Jackson Memorial Ryder Burn & Trauma Center.

“There is so, so much going on right now that updating is difficult due to the conditions that change frequently,” his family wrote on Caring Bridge. “Although, critically stable, we celebrate every little victory as it arises. The outpouring of prayer, love, support and friendship continues to be felt. Know that we have read and listened to every message, even if it is difficult for us to respond to each one. ”

The family accepts donations via Caring Bridge.

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