Watch: Lightning bolt strikes teen Russian footballer

When 16-year-old goalkeeper Ivan Zaborovsky was rushed to hospital after being struck by lightning during a warm-up, few thought he would survive.

Footage from the stadium outside Moscow where his youth team, FC Znamya Truda, were training on July 4 showed a lightning bolt ripping through a gloomy sky and landing directly on Zaborovsky, who crashed to the ground unconscious.

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Coach Anton Basov ran over to discover his goalkeeper lying face down on the pitch. He flipped him over and found that the front of his jersey had been burnt.

After Basov performed first aid, Zaborovsky was taken to hospital where he was put in an induced coma to assess his injuries.

Less than three weeks later and Zaborovsky has returned to the pitch. The only thing that reminds him of what could have been a deadly incident is a burn on his chest, where he had been wearing a chain.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 22 July 2020 KSA 17:23 - GMT 14:23
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