Lightning Strikes Woman's Tongue
July 8, 2003
An airport worker, Becky Nyang, 26,
was struck by a bolt of lightning when her lip and tongue studs
acted as conductors.
Becky and a friend were vacationing
in Kavos, Corfu when they were caught in an electrical storm on
While crossing a hotel courtyard, a flash of lightning bounced off
a nearby archway and hit her in the face, where is was conducted
by the metal jewelry in her tongue.
Doctors agree that she is lucky to be alive. The charge was so hot
that she suffered blisters on her mouth, a bruised shoulder, and
burns to her face and feet. She could barely speak for three days,
and finds sleeping difficult. Climatology experts said that Becky
would have endured temperatures of around 27, 000 degrees Fahrenheit.
While talking to reporters, Miss Nyang
said that she feared that she was going to die. "All I could
see was lightning, nothing else."
She went on to say that,"my body
shook for about 10 minutes, although I didn't feel pain until later."
Becky agreed with the doctors that she is a lucky young woman. "I
know I was so close to losing my life and never seeing my family
and friends again. I have been given another chance and every second
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