A Florida mom was nine months pregnant when she was struck by lightning in Fort Meyers on Thursday. Meghan Davidson was on a walk with her mother in her Whispering Palms neighborhood when she was struck. She was rushed to the hospital where she delivered her baby, one week ahead of his due date.
Davidson and her newborn son are both listed in critical condition, Davidson is at Lee Memorial Hospital, according to NBC 2. According to an unconfirmed Facebook update, the baby, named Owen Matthew, was transferred to the NICU at Health Park.
“While Meghan’s condition is very critical, the bigger concern seems to be Owen. They said it might be a few days before they truly know the extent of the injuries from the lightning and the lack of oxygen as a result from the cardiac arrest Meghan was in for approximately 10 minutes,” the person who identifies herself as a friend of the Davidson’s posted on Facebook.
Davidson is said to be “showing signs of improvement” but her newborn son is “fighting to survive.” Although Davidson is not completely out of the woods yet, she is becoming more aware of her surroundings. According to NBC 2, Meghan is able to “react with her eyes when her husband Matt says her name.”
“Meghan is showing signs of improvement. They have lowered the amount of oxygen that she is getting and they have lowered the sedation. We are just all praying for a miracle,” church member Carol Bridges told NBC 2.
Meghan and her husband, Matt, have two other children together.
“Tampa-based National Weather Service meteorologist Andrew McKaughan said there have been three fatal lightning strikes in the U.S. so far this year, including two in Florida. McKaughan said storms had dropped almost an inch of rain over Lee County by Thursday evening. He said anyone who hears thunder is close enough to a thunderstorm to be struck by lightning,” Fox 4 Now reports.
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