Boy struck by lightning still in critical condition

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 9-year-old boy struck by lightning during soccer practice Tuesday is still in critical condition at a Dallas Hospital. Alexander Hermann was at the Lake Travis Youth Association Field of Dreams in Bee Cave when a bolt of lightning from a storm several miles away hit the field.

The fields, which had been closed since the incident, reopened for practices on Thursday.

Two other children who were injured as a result of the lightning strike have been treated and released from the hospital.

Things could have turned out much worse if new coach Carson Monks wasn’t nearby.

“If I wasn’t there, I wouldn’t know what would have happened. No one else knew CPR,” Monks told KXAN on Wednesday. “As soon as I got a pulse, I just felt like a sense of joy, a sense of happiness in doing something and that he’s on his way back to recovery.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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