Suriname: A eight-year-old boy was killed on Thursday afternoon after being struck by lightning in Suriname during a thunderstorm. The incident took place on the grounds of the Willebrod Axwijk Sports Center in Zorg en Hoop on June 8, 2023.
As per the reports, a sudden lightning strike on the ground where the small boy was playing. It was noted that some boys were on the sports field when it started to rain. At one point, it started to thunder, and lightning struck. One of the boys was hit and was not approachable.
When the lightning struck, the boy fell to the ground, and the incident caused fear among the residents.
The police investigation revealed that the boy, who remains unidentified, was at the Axwijk Sportcentrum (SOSIS) located on Marowijnestraat, Paramaribo, when the tragic accident happened.
According to the police officials, bystanders made an attempt to resuscitate the boy, but their efforts were unsuccessful. As per the reports, the doctor arrived at the spot after the incident and declared him dead. An ambulance was called, and the paramedics found a large burn on the back of the victim. The youth, 10-year-old H.T., died on the spot shortly afterwards.
As the hurricane season approached the Caribbean region, the incident of lightning and natural calamities occurred. Several incidents of lightning strikes have occurred in various parts of the world which are also included the United States. It has also recorded the incidents of fatalities due to storms.
Several medical experts stated that cardiac arrest could be possible with a lightning strike which can ultimately lead to delayed death, even if the person is initially resuscitated but has suffered irreversible brain damage. Doctors have not recognized the cause of the death of the eight-year-old boy. Investigations into the matter are ongoing.
However, authorities asked the people to remain cautious and adopt a vigilant approach toward such incidents.
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