A follow-up study of a large group of children struck by lightning

Mary Ann Cooper, Lynette M. Silva, Ryan Blumenthal, Neil Pliskin

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Abstract

On 11 November 1994, 26 preadolescent girls, 2 adult supervisors and seven dogs were sleeping in a tent in rural South Africa when it was hit by lightning. Four of the girls and four of the dogs were killed. What follows is a nineteen year follow-up study of the survivors. Of the 22 surviving young women, 11 responded. Clinical and psychological symptoms are reported in this paper which adds to the body of literature on the long-term after effects of lightning strike on survivors. A brief discussion on posttraumatic stress disorder symptomatology is provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages372-375
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479935444
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 3 2014
Event2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014 - Shanghai, China
Duration: Oct 11 2014Oct 18 2014

Publication series

Name2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014

Other

Other2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014
CountryChina
CityShanghai
Period10/11/1410/18/14

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Keywords

  • burns
  • cataract
  • chronic pain
  • clinical symptom
  • eye injury
  • follow-up study
  • lightning burns
  • lightning injury
  • macula
  • posttraumatic stress disorder
  • psychological injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering

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Cooper, M. A., Silva, L. M., Blumenthal, R., & Pliskin, N. (2014). A follow-up study of a large group of children struck by lightning. In 2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014 (pp. 372-375). [6973151] (2014 International Conference on Lightning Protection, ICLP 2014). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICLP.2014.6973151