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Jul 12, 2015 10:27 PM

Marlborough mom, young son burned after lightning strike


MARLBOROUGH - A New Hampshire woman says she and her young toddler are lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning on Friday.

Kelly Bell was on her front porch with her 2-year-old son Logan watching the rainfall after a thunderstorm rolled through. Bell said she hadn't heard any rumbles in over 30 minutes, so she thought it was safe to step outside.

"I stood there and said 'Hey bubba, look at the rain,' and then we woke up on the floor," Bell said.

The lightning first struck a tree about 10 ft. away.

Bell said it next traveled through a metal dog tie-out, which was attached to the porch she was standing on her with son.

"I woke up and he was screaming, and that was that," she said.

The young mother didn't feel the strike hit her. In fact, she thought she had passed out.

When she woke up, she found her son crying on top of her. And then she started to feel the burns.

"The feeling - originally - [was] almost if you had lava inside your veins," Bell said.

Bell suffered burns on multiple parts of her body; including her back, arms and legs. Her left eardrum also ruptured.

Her son received a small burn on his leg. Bell said it was in the area that she was holding him.

Sitting just inside on the couch was Kelly Bell's husband, Daniel, who said the strike sounded like a firework going off right next to your ear.

"It was a wicked loud explosion," he said. "It was so bright, I mean I couldn't see anything."

Daniel Bell said he is happy his family is okay - and also glad that his son still enjoys going outside, despite the shocking scare.

In addition to the painful burns that have started to peel her skin, Kelly Bell said she doesn't have medical insurance.

A GoFundMe page has been created to assist the family with medical bills.


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