Two teens were camping in Nederland, Colorado, when one was struck by lightning during a storm. The other, who had recently learned CPR, is credited with having saved his life.
18-year-old Isaiah Cormier and his girlfriend Juliette Moore were enjoying the great outdoors when a lightning storm rolled over their campsite. They didn’t think much of it at first.
But a lightning bolt struck a nearby tree, then struck Cormier, who was wearing headphones at the time. He stopped breathing, so when Moore checked his pulse and couldn’t find any vital signs, she began performing CPR.
She’d learned the technique only one month prior to the camping trip.
“I only had to do one round, and he came back and started gasping,” Moore said to ABC 7 Denver. “And he stopped breathing again, so I gave him a second round of CPR after that he was breathing and doing alright.”
Moore was able to get her boyfriend back to their car, and drove him to a nearby emergency crew. Once his condition stabilized, he was transferred to a local Boulder hospital for further treatment.
“He wouldn’t have survived if she didn’t know CPR,” Dr. Anne Wagner, medical director for the UCHealth Burn Center said to CBS 4 Denver. “It’s a super high voltage injury that transfers through the body. It does a lot of its damage under the skin.”
Cormier was released from the hospital on July 9, and he will make a full recovery. But the incident isn’t without its own little reminders, and Cormier said his muscles are still stiff from when the lightning entered his body.
The couple has been together for two years, and they shudder to think of what would have happened if Moore didn’t know CPR.
“Take a little time to be grateful for the people in your life today because they’re wonderful,” Moore said. “Hold them a little closer.”
Cormier echoed her sentiments.
“I’m excited to spend the rest of the life she gave me with her,” he said.
Cormier and Moore both intend to go to Montana State University, and are thankful they will have to opportunity to continue going through life together.
“There was kind of a moment when I was giving him CPR. Not yet. I’ve got too much to do with this person,” Moore said. “So you’re not allowed to leave yet.”
Cormier is able to joke about the experience now that he’s in the clear, and his family and friends don’t miss the opportunity for a ribbing at his expense.
“His family started calling him flash, everyone we talked to asked what his superpower was and when the next Marvel movie is coming out,” Moore said.