In a video that has gone viral over the last few days, a southeast Texas man named Alex Coreas is seen being struck by lightning while he was taking his three dogs out for a walk. As he collapsed, his dogs ran away. This happened outside the Stuebner Airline Veterinary Hospital in Texas. The footage shows that he was lucky to get immediate medical assistance, which included cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Subsequently, he was rushed to the hospital.
⚡️LIGHTNING STRIKE⚡️— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) October 5, 2019
Dramatic surveillance video shows the moment a man was struck by lightning while walking his dogs in Spring, #Texas, with good Samaritans rushing to his side and administering CPR until they could feel a pulse. The man is recovering at the hospital. #TXwx pic.twitter.com/RiyOcrvRKI
The preliminary analysis points to the possibility that a bolt of lightning struck the ground near the feet of Coreas. The explosion caused by the lightning blew up his socks and shoes. According to a woman working at the clinic, she and another bystander performed CPR until they could feel his pulse.
“We rolled him over and we were sweeping out his stuff. We were knocking him on his back, telling him, ‘It’s okay. You got hit by lightning,’” the woman said.
His dogs Hazel, Honey, and Sophie were recovered in the nearby woods and escaped unscathed.
Coreas’s sister stated that he had suffered burns from his chest to his left foot and would require surgery on his left hear to restore his hearing faculties. Recuperating in the hospital, he recalled his experience with a local news network. Observing that he had no recollection of the lightning striking him, he thanked his fortune for being alive.
He said, “I have no memory of being hit." Coreas added, "My family asked if I wanted to see it, and it was really strange looking at that happening to me. I'm lucky to be alive, and I just want to go on living my life. And I have a story to tell."