Mums heart stopped for 30 mins as she fights for life after lightning strike

A British mum is fighting for her life after her heart "stopped for 30 minutes" after she was struck by lightning on a Croatian beach.

Reports have named the woman as Daniella DiMambro, who is reportedly being flown back to the UK for further treatment, despite remaining in a coma.

Daniella, a physiotherapist from Nottingham, was was at a beach near Split with her daughter when the incident happened.

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The pair were sheltering from a thunderstorm on Saturday (August 20) afternoon when she was allegedly hit and knocked unconscious as the pair tried to reach the safety of a nearby hotel.

Passers-by were only alerted to the horrific incident by the screams of the daughter and luckily a medic was on hand, having been dealing with a bike accident in a local triathlon.

The Daily Mail reports that she was taken to KBC hospital and put on a ventilator while being treated for burns and internal injuries.

Daniella, 48, is apparently still in a coma after being revived by CPR after her heart stopped for 30 minutes.

Despite remaining in a coma, she has been deemed well enough to return from Croatia on a medical flight which is set to land at East Midlands airport, from where she will be transferred to hospital.

A relative of Daniella's told the Daily Mail: “She will be flying home, which is obviously a relief but we just don’t know what sort of condition she is in.

“She is no longer sedated but she is still in a coma and the doctors in Britain will assess her and then let us know about internal injuries and any brain damage."

The relative added that Daniella's daughter had stayed in Croatia with her and had been dealing with medical staff and the insurance company.

They said that the family had little idea of Daniella's prognosis until she underwent further tests back in the UK.

Daniella's LinkedIn page states that she has worked at Manchester Royal Infirmary and transport company Bombardier prior to establishing her own physiotherapist practice in 2008.

Last week one of the doctor's involved with Daniella's treatment revealed that they believed the lightning had hit a necklace she was wearing.

On average between 30 and 60 people are hit by lightning in the UK each year, with around five to 10 per cent of those proving fatal.

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