Teen Struck by Lightning in Russia while Playing Football

When 16-year-old goalkeeper Ivan Zaborovsky was rushed to hospital after being struck by lightning during a warm-up, few thought he would survive.

Footage from the stadium where his youth team FC Znamya Truda were training on July 4 showed a lightning bolt ripping through a gloomy sky and landing directly on Zaborovsky, who crashed onto the ground unconscious.

Coach Anton Basov ran over to discover his goalkeeper lying face down on the pitch.

He flipped him over to find the front of his jersey had been burnt.

After Basov performed first aid, Zaborovsky was taken to hospital where he was put in an induced coma to assess his injuries.

Less than three weeks later, Zaborovsky returned to the pitch. The only thing that reminds him of what could have been a deadly incident is a burn on his chest, where he had been wearing a chain.

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