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Goalkeeper struck by lightning while in training with teammates

Last updated 27 days ago | By Odero Charles

Ivan Zakborovsky was hit by lightning on the pitch

A Russian footballer was on Saturday struck by a bolt of lightning on the pitch during his training session with his teammates. 

In a video shared online, Ivan Zakborovsky can be seen  preparing to take a shot on goal and was about to kick the ball towards goal when the tragic incident occurred.

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The 16 year-old was then taken to hospital where doctors put him into an induced coma.

Confirming the incident, Club general director Igor Mayorov said: "There was a clear sky, albeit overcast, but neither rain nor wind. If there was a thunderstorm, then we would not have been training."

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He suffered severe burn as his club revealed that his condition is stable and there is no "life-threat."

"Everyone acted quickly, very professionally, the ambulance arrived in eight minutes," added Mayorov.

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"Most likely he had a respiratory arrest, he received first aid, maybe because of this the child is alive.

"We transported him from Orekhovo-Zuevo to the hospital in Lyubertsy. They made an ECG, his heart is normal."

The director further stated that the goalkeeper will continue to be in a coma so that his brain would rest, get saturated with oxygen and that his recovery dynamics are positive.

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