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How Dr. Martens boots may have saved White House lightning strike survivor

The lone survivor of the lightning strike that killed three individuals exterior the White House was saved by quick-thinking Secret Service brokers — and her Dr. Martens boots, in line with her mother.

Californian pupil Amber Escudero-Kontostathis was struck final Thursday whereas elevating money in Washington, DC, for refugees — though it was her twenty eighth birthday.

While three others had been killed within the strike — together with a fellow younger Californian — Escudero-Kontostathis was revived by brokers who raced to the scene with a defibrillator, her mother, Julie Escudero, told the Ventura County Star.

“The Secret Service men saved her,” Escudero mentioned. “I’ve been trying to find out their names so I can personally thank them. They revived her.”

Lightning strike survivor Amber Escudero-Kontostathis.
Amber Escudero-Kontostathis was the lone survivor of 4 hit by lightning exterior the White House final Thursday — her twenty eighth birthday.

In a sequence of emotional Facebook updates, Escudero detailed how docs imagine the lightning that struck her daughter “went through her toes and out her left arm.”

That probably meant her daughter was saved by the thick rubber “Airwair” soles on Dr. Martens’ boots absorbing among the influence, her mother speculated.

Escudero-Kontostathis — who was along with her husband, Achilles, in DC — has already left intensive care and brought her first steps unaided, mentioned her mother, who flew from California to be by her daughter’s facet.

“The trauma doctor came up [Friday] and said she’s an ‘absolute miracle,’” her mother advised the native outlet.

Lightning hits at foot of White House, killing three and injuring
Amber Escudero-Kontostathis was the lone survivor of 4 hit by lightning that was caught on digicam placing on the foot of the White House final Thursday

In her Facebook posts, Escudero additionally detailed how her daughter “is literally blowing all the doctors away with the progress her body is making.”

Still, she is struggling “unbearable” ache from a big burn on her abdomen that makes it really feel prefer it’s “on fire” — and is struggling crushing “survivor’s guilt” after studying the three others hit all died, her mother mentioned.

Escudero-Kontostathis had a Monday meeting scheduled with a trauma counselor. 

And she has additionally “made the connection to the other 3 wonderful people who passed,” her mother mentioned, referring to financial institution VP Brooks Lambertson, 29, in addition to James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, childhood sweethearts from Wisconsin celebrating their 56th wedding ceremony anniversary.

Donna Mueller, 75, and James Mueller, 76.
The three killed included James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, childhood sweethearts from Wisconsin celebrating their 56th wedding ceremony anniversary
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“She wants to reach out to their families,” her mother mentioned Monday. “She cares so much for others, it will be hard for her.”

Escudero-Kontostathis can be anxious about lacking the beginning of her masters-degree course at John Hopkins on the finish of this month.

Escudero mentioned she was “beyond grateful and humbled” that associates had began a GoFundMe that as of Monday afternoon had raised greater than $40,000 to assist with medical prices.

“I literally fell to my knees when I saw the GoFundMe page. I truly have no words!” she mentioned.

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