Arizona Teen Struck by Lightning Credits God With Saving His Life

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An Arizona teen who was struck by lightning and lived to tell the tale is crediting God with saving his life. 

"If it weren't for him, like, I'd be dead," 13-year-old Josiah Wiedman told KPHO. "It's an all miracle."

Dramatic video shows the moment the teen was hit as he and his friend were walking in an El Mirage park last week. 

"I felt like this burst of like heat and everything went dark," Josiah said. 

A witness administered CPR until Josiah could be taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. There, he spent three days in a medically induced coma. 

But doctors are shocked by his rapid recovery, given that the amount of electricity that went through him was enough to stop his heart. 

"I can't exactly explain why he doesn't have any outside burns, but it is fairly consistent with a lightning strike," Dr. Craig Egan at the Phoenix Children's Hospital said. "Fortunately, the amount of electricity passing through muscles and heart wasn't enough to cause lasting damage."

As for Josiah, he's doing well. 

"I feel like I'm Superman right now!" he said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover Josiah's medical expenses.


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