Soccer player struck by lightning returns

WARNING: Video contains footage of person being struck by lightning

MOSCOW — When 16-year-old goalkeeper Ivan Zaborovsky was rushed to hospital after being struck by lightning during a warm-up, few thought he would survive.

Footage from the stadium outside Moscow where his youth team was training on July 4th showed a lightning bolt ripping through a gloomy sky and landing directly on Ivan, who crashed onto the ground unconscious.

The coach ran over to discover his goalkeeper lying face down on the pitch. He flipped him over to find the front of his jersey had been burnt. The player who so often had saved his team was the one who needed saving.

After the coach performed first aid, Ivan was taken to hospital where he was put in an induced coma to assess his injuries.

Less than three weeks later, he has returned to the field. The only thing that reminds him of what could have been a deadly incident is a burn on his chest, where he had been wearing a chain.

Tuesday, Ivan signed a contract with his club’s senior team, which plays in Russia’s third division, something that had been planned before the lightning strike.

The coach says he has good prospects in the sport.


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