Posted: Jun 11, 2012 4:56 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Jun 11, 2012 5:45 PM
A 10-year-old boy from Declambre is in serious condition after he was struck by lightning Sunday morning. Landen Broussard was on vacation with his two aunts in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
His family said a storm rolled in and they didn't have enough time to clear the beach; he was hit near the water's edge.
"They started hollering for all the children to run back to the car and they realized he was face down, face first in the sand," said Landen's aunt, Laura Rogers.
Rogers said lightning hit the 10 year old on his chest, above his heart, and exited through his upper left leg. Another aunt performed CPR right away, until a lifeguard arrived. Landen's heart even stopped beating, but emergency crews revived him on the way to the hospital.
"At this point that's all you can do is hope for the best, and that you always want them to have a full recovery. And there's always that possibility that doesn't happen, but you take what you can get and he's still here right now," said Rogers.
Rogers said the family is hopeful, because not only did Landen survive the strike but he's doing remarkably well. She said his organs are functioning, his brain is showing activity and he's even starting to breath without a ventilator.
"He will fight, he will fight it through so we'll see him back here soon," said one of Landen's baseball coaches, TJ Saunier.
Family and friends want to see Landen home and fully recovered. So to help support him they held a gathering and rosary at the Delcambre ballpark Sunday night to lift him up in spirit.
His teammates took a knee for Landen, hoping their prayers will be answered and that he'll soon be back home doing what he loves, playing baseball.
"Landen kind of lives for the ballpark. He's out here, if I had to guess everyday, pretty close to it," said another coach, Francis Nunez.
Landen remains at the USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL. Relatives said doctors will keep him in a medically induced coma for now, however he is showing signs of improvement. We won't know the full extent of his injuries until he is fully awake and responsive.