Another high-school player hospitalized after being struck by lightning

By October 01, 2019

Haile Selassie High School midfield player Akeem Reid was admitted to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) having been struck by lightning while walking from a football field along Spanish Town Road in Kingston on Tuesday afternoon.

He is said to be in tremendous pain and is unable to extend one of his legs but was speaking and aware of his surroundings about four hours after and remains in hospital for further treatment.

However, according to the assistant football coach Ira Hemmings, the youngster is lucky to be alive.

He told Sportsmax.TV that the incident occurred at about 2:25 pm about four minutes after a referee called off the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup match between Haile Selassie and Cumberland because of a waterlogged field.

Hemmings said the lightning bolt struck Reid as he walked across the field towards the school. Reid fell to the ground convulsing and foaming at the mouth. “All I saw was him (convulsing) and I pulled out his tongue,” he said, explaining that his tongue had begun to block his throat.

He praised the quick action of the school’s Sports Mistress Judith Wynter whom he said is the reason why the player is alive.

She began CPR procedures, he said, and when she pumped his chest, he spewed fluid.

The school's medical team rushed Reid to hospital where he remained unresponsive as doctors worked feverishly to revive him.

About an hour later, Reid came to and asked where he was. He remained hospitalised as doctors as to run further tests.

This was the second incident in which high school football players have been struck by lightning since the start of the football season.

 

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