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Teenager survives getting hit by lightning, then wins money in the lottery 大難不死 必有後福

Helsel shows the window she was closing when she was struck by lightning.
海瑟指著她被閃電打中時想要關上的窗戶。
照片:美聯社

PHOTO: AP

No one quite understands the term “striking it lucky” better than 16-year-old BreAnna Helsel.

The Michigan teen survived being struck by lightning and went on to win US$20 in the lottery the next day.

Earlier this month Helsel was at her home in Blanchard, Michigan, US, watching thunderstorms roll by. She noticed rain entering an open kitchen window.

“She went to close the window, and the lightning came through and hit her,” her mother, Linda Johnson, told the Daily News of Greenville.

Helsel struggled to describe the sensation she felt as the electricity passed through her body.

“It felt like when your foot falls asleep,” she finally said.

The teenager said she saw electricity shoot out of her fingers and into the overhead lights. That knocked out the house’s power.

Helsel will require therapy to repair some damaged muscles in her arm, but she’s expected to fully recover.

“Everyone said I’m really lucky,” she said.

Hospital employees suggested that Helsel immediately play the lottery. She’s too young, so her mother bought a lottery ticket for her the next day.

“And we won $20,” Johnson said, laughing. “What a way to start the summer.”

(AP)

沒有人比十六歲的布黎安娜.海瑟更能體會「來電的好運」這句話了。

這位密西根的十六歲少女遭到雷擊後大難不死,結果隔天買樂透又中了二十美元。

本月稍早,海瑟在美國密西根州布蘭查德家裡,看著屋外雷雨交加的情景,她發現廚房有一扇窗戶沒關,雨水順勢打進屋裡。

她母親琳達.強森告訴綠村《每日新聞》說:「她去關那扇窗,結果就被打進屋裡的閃電擊中了。」

海瑟努力想形容電流通過她身體時的感覺。

最後她說:「那感覺就像你的腳完全沒有知覺一樣。」

這位十六歲的女孩說,她親眼目賭電流從她的手指射出,再打到她頭頂的燈,然後房子就停電了。

海瑟必須接受治療以修復部份受損的手臂肌肉,但她可望完全復原。

她說:「每個人都說我很幸運。」

醫院人員建議海瑟立刻去買一張樂透,但因為她還不及法定購買年齡,所以隔天由媽媽替她買了一張樂透彩。

強森笑著說:「結果我們中了二十美元。好個迎接夏天的開始。」

(美聯社�翻譯:袁星塵)

TODAY'S WORDS 今日單字

1. lightning n.

閃電 (shan3 dian4)

例: Matt was struck by lightning last year.

(麥特去年被閃電擊中。)

2. sensation n.

感覺 (gan3 jue2)

例: The art exhibit produced a sensation in me.

(這場美術展讓我很有感覺。)

3. knock out v. phr.

擊垮 (ji2 kua3),毀壞 (hui3 huai4)

例: We knocked that team out when we won.

(我們擊敗了那隊贏得勝利。)

4. therapy n.

治療 (zhi4 liao2)

例: Eric has been having therapy done to his knee.

(艾瑞克一直在接受膝�?齱C)


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