AUSTIN (KXAN) – It has been months in the making, but a little boy struck by lightning has returned home.
Alex Hermann was at soccer practice Aug. 26 when he was struck by a lightning bolt several miles away from the storm.
He has been in Dell Children’s Medical Center slowly recovering for months. He returned home Friday, where he will have to continue his recovery.
According to his parents, Alex said all he wanted for Christmas was to return home.
Hermann was believed to have been hit by an isolated lightning strike located well away from the parent thunderstorm. Sometimes called a “bolt from the blue,” these type strikes are especially dangerous because they can appear to come from a clear or partly cloudy sky. Strikes have been known to occur more than 25 miles from a thunderstorm.
Carson Monks, who was getting ready for his first time as a coach, ran over to 9-year-old after the lightning strike. Monks performed CPR on the boy until medics arrived.
“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,” said Monks.