Brit mum dies after being struck by lightning bolt in freak holiday accident

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    A mum-of-two has tragically died after she was struck by lightning whilst on a summer holiday with her children.

    Daniella DiMambro, 48, lost her battle after being left seriously injured following the freak accident in Croatia on August 20, an inquiry revealed.

    The lightning bolt entered her right ear whilst she was on a beach near Split, which led to an "out of hospital cardiac arrest", according to senior coroner Mairin Casey in Nottinghamshire.

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    A quick-thinking bystander stepped in to give Daniella CPR, but the mum had sadly suffered from hypoxic brain injuries as well.

    Daniella, who was reportedly fleeing a storm to the safety of a hotel with her daughter at the time of the incident, was taken to a hospital in Croatia and kept in intensive care.

    After being repatriated back to the UK, Daniella was kept on ventilation in intensive care in Nottingham. She was constantly monitored, and received treatment for a high body temperature and urinary infection.

    Her family sought an expert opinion from a specialist in London, who said her prognosis was "poor" and stated she was unlikely to make significant neurological improvement.

    Following a discussion with her brother and her parents, a decision was made that she would need 'neurological pathway' care, as advised by treating clinicians.

    Daniella died on October 7 in a hospital in Nottingham. Her identity was confirmed by her treating clinician, reports Nottingham Live.

    The primary cause of death, which is termed as 1a, was given as hypoxic-ischemic brain injury, followed by 1b, cardiac arrest, then "lightning strike" and urinary tract infection. "

    "This is a very unusual and desperately sad case," added Miss Casey, who opened and concluded the inquest at the same hearing.

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    "It seems to be so unusual, the appropriate conclusion is narrative. I find she was struck by lightning on August 20, 2022. This caused injuries which ultimately led to her death in the UK on October 7.

    "Her death was due to a lightning strike, leading to cardiac arrest and hypoxic-ischemic brain injury." Miss Casey ended by expressing her sincere condolences to Daniella's family and children, who were not at the short hearing.

    One tribute left to Daniella online described her as a "wonderful, talented and vibrant woman", while another called her a "lovely lady who’ll be greatly missed by everyone."

    A JustGiving page has been set up in her memory in aid of The Brain Charity, where donations currently stand at £375 as of writing this.

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