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iPod 'saved' girl hit by lightning

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  1. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

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    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/827911/ipod-saved-girl-hit-by-lightning


    She's very lucky to be alive.

    You sometimes hear stories of different objects saving peoples lives from a lightning strike

    Doctors say they believe an iPod saved the life of a British schoolgirl struck by lightning.

    Sophie Frost, 14, was walking with her boyfriend Mason Billington near her home in Essex, eastern England when a fierce storm struck, the Daily Mail newspaper reports.

    The frightened pair were sheltering under a tree and holding hands when Sophie was hit by a 300,000-volt lightning bolt.

    Medical experts have said Sophie only survived the strike because the bolt travelled through the headphone wires of the iPod she was wearing at the time, diverting it away from her vital organs.

    "Everybody's said the iPod must have diverted the lightning away from my body, which probably saved my life," Sophie said to The Times newspaper.

    But both Sophie and Mason, 14, were knocked unconscious by the bolt.

    Mason woke first and managed to carry Sophie, who was still unconscious, to a nearby road.

    He flagged down a female motorist who took the couple to a local hospital.

    Sophie was admitted with burns to her chest and legs, while Mason suffered damage to his eyes.

    Both are expected to make a full recovery.

    Speaking from her hospital bed, Sophie told the Daily Mail her grandmother had given her the iPod just four days before.

    "I’m just glad to be alive … I don't remember a thing about what happened, but from what everyone tells me it’s a miracle I’m still here," Sophie said.
     
  2. The Gronk

    The Gronk Well-Known Member

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    This might be one for the Mythbusters. 

    I doubt the puny wires could handle the million plus volts of a lightning strike.  Also, the iPod wouldn't be grounded so no current could pass through it - the current would have to go back into her body, ie through her hands, arms, shoulders, and then back through her organs to get to the ground. 

    Still, I'd be putting the ipod on if I was in that situation. 
     
  3. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I am glad that the brain is no longer classified as a vital organ. Means that there is hope for some :)
     
  4. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

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    Q: How many volts of electricity does a lightning bolt have?


    A: A typical lightning bolt contains 1 billion volts and contains between 10,000 to 200,000 amperes of current. The average flash would light a 100 watt lightbulb for 3 months.
     
  5. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    There is a chance some of the current would be diverted. And could have arched from there to the ground or any other object.

    Who shelters under a tree in a storm anyway. She may as well have been flying a kite with a key tied to it
     

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