Ivan Zakborovsky, 16-year-old footballer, struck by lightning while in training with teammates


Ivan Zakborovsky was unfortunate to have been struck by lightning during a training session

The 16-year-old was taken to the hospital and has been in coma while he recovers

Zakborovsky’s club Znamya Truda made a statement on social media that there was no threat to his life

Ivan Zakborovsky, a Russian footballer, was struck by a bolt of lightning during his training session with his teammates on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

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The Znamya Truda goalkeeper was doing some drills near the touchline and was about to kick the ball towards goal when the tragic incident occurred.

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

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.”

Zakborovsky suffered severe burn as his club claimed that his condition is stable and there is no “life-threat.”

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Ivan Zakborovsky, 16, struck by lightning while in training with teammates

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

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Mayorov also stated that Zakborovsky 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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