Archive - Jul 31, 2013

Archive - Jul 31, 2013

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Brought Back to Life by CPR

FLATHEAD, MT--The worst part about being hit by lightning may not be the electrical shock — it might be the CPR that comes later.

Travis Heitmann, 23, of Kalispell, one of three Glacier National Park visitors struck by lightning on July 17, said the experience has generally left him drained, but his sore ribs and back could be the result of the cardiopulmonary resuscitation that saved his life.

“My ribs are killing me,” Heitmann said last week. “I have a prescription for a massage therapy and can’t wait to get there.”

Heitmann, his long-time friend Kinsey Leishman, 23, of Huson, and a 10-year-old Kalispell boy Heitmann has been mentoring were hiking on the trail to St. Mary Falls when a storm quickly blew in. They turned back after reaching Virginia Falls and were about three-quarters of a mile from the Going-to-the-Sun Road trailhead when the lightning bolt struck.

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