A pregnant Jupiter woman got the shock of her life after a lightning strike sent her to the hospital. It happened at a home on Northview Drive as heavy rain, thunder and lightning passed through the area. Sarah Brogden says the current from the strike traveled along the ground and shocked her entire body; but the scariest part is she is 8 months pregnant.
"Very tingly," is how the 19 year old described it. "It hurt, but for a second though," says Brogden.
She and a friend were putting clothes into a car at her uncle's house when the lightning struck just 25 feet away from where she was standing.
"I remember hearing the lightning and the thunder and being like 'oh my gosh,' " she said.
The current from the strike traveled through the pavement and to Brogden's feet. "From my toes to my fingertips it was really bad on my feet."
She went into a panic and so did her uncle who was inside.
"Oh I couldn't believe it," says Joe Dubeck. "I knew I felt it hit the house. She was crying and I'm like 'you really got hit.' "
For Brogden and her husband Mike, their biggest concern was their unborn baby girl, Kadence Riley.
"It freaked me out because she's been moving around all day and I didn't feel her after that," she said.
"It was nuts not something you expect to hear," says Mike.
But stories like these are common tales in the family.
"I've been hit twice and it's not fun," says Brogden's father Dana Haskell.
He says knowing what his lightning strike experience was like put him on edge. "Scared the hell out of me, a full grown person has a full grown heart and can take a little more but a little baby has only something that big."
Brogden says after being examined her
baby is expected to be okay. "She was just a little frightened like
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