Teens hit by lightning were saved because they were holding hands, doctor says

CLAREMONT, CA (CNN) — California teens Lexie Varga and Dylan Corliss are recovering from minor injuries after being struck by lightning.


According to a doctor, the injuries could have been much worse if the two teens had not been holding hands.

“These two were lucky they that they were holding hands. It helped to diffuse the electrical current that ran through their bodies,” said Dr. Stefan Reynoso.

Corliss said he and Varga were walking to go eat when they saw lightning in the sky. Next thing they knew, they both were on the sidewalk, screaming and looking at each other, about three feet away from where they had just been standing.

“I just remember being really confused,” Corliss said. “It felt like someone had hit me over the head with a sheet of metal.”

A driver saw the lightning strike them and stopped to help.

The couple, feeling strange and “tingly,” decided to continue on to the burger joint for lunch.

When they arrived home later, their parents urged the couple to see a doctor.

Reynoso told the teens it’s likely the lightning entered through Corliss’ head, traveled through their hands and exited through Varga’s left foot.

Since the incident, the couple said they have only felt tired and achy.

The doctor said that if they had not been holding hands, they may have suffered from heart problems or serious burns.

“The chance of getting hit by lightning is very uncommon and perhaps one in a million,” Reynoso told KCAL.

The National Lightning Safety Institute advises people who are outdoors to stay a minimum of 15 feet away from others when there is lightning.

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