7-year-old girl struck by lightning in Decatur County

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DECATUR COUNTY, Ind.- A 7-year-old girl was hit by lightning Tuesday morning as she was waiting to get into her grandmother's car.

According to the Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Madison Davis was going to her grandmother's car just as the rain had started in the town of Westport. Her grandmother said the doors were locked and lightning struck Madison.

The intensity of the lightning caused her to stop breathing and lose her pulse. She also suffered burns.

The girl's grandmother called 911, where a dispatcher walked her through the steps of CPR, likely saving her life. Paramedics got to the scene and took over, where they were able to get her breathing again on her own.

She was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health for additional treatment. Hospital officials say she is still listed in critical condition.

Decatur County Sheriff Greg Allen says this is an important reminder of the importance of knowing CPR. If you'd like more information on where to learn CPR, you should call your local sheriff's office or your county health department.

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