Pregnant woman (and baby) survive lightning strike

American woman saved by rubber-soled shoes she planned to throw away


A mum-to-be and her unborn baby have survived being struck by lightning outside their home in Ohio, USA. 


Kelly Lough, who is due to give birth to a baby girl this summer, was holding an umbrella as she got into her husband’s car when the lightning hit.

“There was a huge flash and just this big boom and I felt it jolt up my arm and out my left arm and out my toes,” pregnant Kelly told

Doctors believe that the rubber shoes Kelly was wearing absorbed the electrical impact and saved her life. “The first thing [the doctors] said when I checked in was that [the shoes] probably saved my life,” said Kelly. “They’re rubber-soled shoes, and usually on my way to work, I would have had heels on. I was going to throw them away and didn’t.”

Kelly revealed that she was worried about the effect of the lightning strike on her unborn baby, but that her daughter is fine. “Her heart rate, ultrasound, everything’s good,” Kelly said. “She’s maybe a little more active, but that’s not a bad thing.”

It’s thought that a branch of lightning might have hit Kelly rather than the main bolt, reports The Daily Mail.


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