A British mother “brought back from the dead” after a near-fatal lightning strike on a Croatian beach has been identified and pictured.
Daniella DiMambro, a physiotherapist from Nottingham, is now fighting for her life and is being flown back to the UK for life-saving treatment.
The 48-year-old was struck by lightning on Kašjuni Beach in the sunny resort of Split, Croatia, in front of her terrified daughter the penultimate Saturday.
The extremely rare million to one blow had a voltage of 300 million volts and knocked Daniella unconscious immediately.
Miraculously, a heroic paramedic nearby helped paramedics revive the mother’s heart with a cardiac massage and kiss of life.
Daniella was then taken to the local KBC hospital and treated for her horrific burns, head injuries and damage to her internal organs.
She remains in a medical coma and doctors are monitoring her for life-changing injuries such as brain damage from the strike.
Her family fears she may never return to work, but they are grateful she is alive and thanked first responders at the scene.
In fact, one paramedic said Daniella’s necklace saved her life by conducting the tension through her body.
Fortunately, she is now well enough to be transported home to the UK where her treatment will continue.
Daniella has now been identified as a qualified Physiotherapist in private practice in Nottingham.
She was vacationing in an apartment in Croatia with her 19-year-old daughter, locally named Amelia, and their young son when the disaster struck.
The mother and daughter ran for cover on the beach as a sudden storm swept through the outskirts of Split.
A relative told the Daily Mail: “She will be flying home which is obviously a relief but we just don’t know what condition she is in.
“She is no longer sedated but is still in a coma and doctors in the UK will examine her and then inform us of any internal injuries and brain damage.
“She is still in serious condition and we are all very concerned as her heart stopped for 30 minutes after the lightning struck, but she was saved by paramedics and a doctor who was on the scene. We are all very grateful to them for what.” They did and the hospital was very good.
“Once she is back in England she will be taken straight to the hospital where she will be tested and then we will get an idea of the situation.
“All we can do is hope and pray that everything is fine and that the internal injuries are not major.”
The relative also praised her daughter’s incredible strength during the freak accident.
They told in another language how brave Amelia was when dealing with insurance companies, hospitals and the police alone.
She was badly burned and covered with hoses. It’s just awful.
A relative of Daniella
They said: “She spent all the time at her mother’s bedside in intensive care. She was badly burned and covered with hoses. It’s just awful.
“Daniella will fly to East Midlands Airport on a medical flight and be taken to a specialist hospital in the area.
“We just don’t know what the outcome will be. She may come around or she may need long-term help and will never work again.”
Earlier, Professor Sandra Stojanovic Stipic from KBC Hospital in Split gave an update on Daniella’s condition.
She said: “The woman is in a medical coma and we are monitoring her continuously.
“She was very lucky as lightning struck her head and the necklace channeled the energy through her body.
“At the moment she is on ventilators and in the next few days we will do an MRI scan to check the condition of her brain and see if there is any neurological damage.
“We have never had a case like this in Split and we hope she recovers, but at the moment she is in a very serious condition.
“She died while she was on the beach when her heart stopped but thanks to the good work of the medical teams who were nearby they brought her back to life.
“It was her actions that saved her life. The work of the first responders was fantastic, they massaged her and it started again, there was no heartbeat but they got it going.”
Around 240,000 lightning strikes occur every year, killing around 2,000 people worldwide.
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