Recent Park City High School graduate, Conner Benson was visiting his girlfriend's house in Maryland when he and another friend were struck/indirectly struck by lightning while on the beach.
Conner went into cardiac arrest and his heart stopped after the strike, according to a doctor and EMT who just so happened to be nearby and treated Conner. The EMT and doctor were able to administer CPR until an ambulance arrived.
Conner is now in a Maryland hospital on cardiac arrest protocol and has been placed in a medically induced coma and his body placed on ice to prevent tissue/brain damage as much as possible. Doctors plan to begin warming his body up beginning early Friday morning.
Unfortunately, hospitals are no stranger to Conner or the Benson family. Conner suffers from diabetes and has been hospitalized in the past due to complications relating to diabetes.
Right now, Conner is surrounded by his family who have flown in from Utah and California. Conner is a fighter and will pull through.
Please keep praying for him. We know he hears your prayers. Thanks for all of the support already. We will keep you updated. Lots of love, Blaire and the whole Benson/Goble family
A trust account has been established for Conner to help offset the costs of the medical bills, travel costs and any therapy and unforeseen costs to the Benson family. Please visit http://www.gofundme.com/Conner-Benson-Fundto make any donations. Any donations made on this website DO NOT go to the Benson family, they will go to Caring Bridge, so please make sure to click the link above for any donations. - Thank you, Megan Mondavi (Family Friend)
Conner is doing well back at home- we are still feeling the love and support from everybody. Unfortunately, yesterday Mom noticed Conner was speaking a little funny and took him back to the hospital. He was given the diagnosis of Bell's palsy, which affects the nerve in his face controlling the right side. Fortunately, this is usually a temporary condition lasting for a couple weeks to a couple months. We are hopeful that he will be fine and of course he is being his amazing self and keeping his head up. His nerves were obviously affected by the strike and he is experiencing some pain from his nerves. If anyone has any experience with Bell's palsy or nerve damage- we would love to hear from you. Unfortunately, with lightning strike survivors- there are so many different outcomes and symptoms that there isn't any one diagnosis. We are trying many holistic approaches and hope to start accupuncture, massage therapy, kinesiology and chiropractic therapies this week (in addition to his physical , speech and occupational therapy) but if anyone has any recommendations or suggestions- we would love to hear from you.
Lots of love to everyone- keep sending your love and prayers to Conner. Thank you! XO -The Bensons