Evanston girls struck by lightning are back home

Evanston girls struck by lightning are back home(Photo: Chris Jones)

(KUTV) To see BraiLynn, 8, Peyton, 7, and Zoey, 3, playing and eating donuts in the backyard of their Evanston, Wyoming home you would never know the three had been struck by lightning just 7 days prior.

It was Aug. 4, and the girls, along with their father Kyle, mother Janika, and little brother Vayden, 16 months, were fishing at Lily Lake in Summit County.

Kyle Thompson says they sky was clear, and blue, then a small cloud moved in, and quickly dumped rain and hail on them, he rushed his girls into the trees to seek cover because the car was several hundred yards away.

"We started making preparations to get back in the trees," Thompson said.

Thompson says there was very little lightning , perhaps only two strikes. Remarkably, one of them struck his girls who were huddled together under a tree.

"I seen it all out of the corner of my eye, just that big flash and that loud boom," Janika Thompson said.

"I knew something bad was going on," Kyle said, who didn't see the strike but could sense it. "I could feel it just the energy hit."

The two older girls appeared unconscious. The youngest was trying to get away from the scene, "army crawling" away from her two injured sisters.

Kyle, who has CPR training through his job, attempted to revive the girls. He started with his 7-year-old, who appeared to be in the worst shape,.

"Her clothes were smoking, she has has these giant holes all through her shirt they were kind of smoldering," Kyle said.

She was revived quickly, but her sister BraiLynn took longer. Eventually Zoey was taken to an Evanston hospital with minor injuries, while the two older girls were flown by medical helicopter to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City.

Now the children are all at home, and even though BraiLynn has some concussion-like symptoms and all have some minor muscle damage, the girls are doing remarkably well.

"It's a miracle. It really is," Kyle told 2News.

The couple is happy to be home but says they face some serious medical bills. If you'd like help you can make donations at any US Bank in the name of Janika Thompson or the Thompson girls lightning victims.

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