Second teen struck by lightning released from Tampa General Hospital

Cameron Poimboeuf's friend, Jansen Tabor was also struck

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – It was an emotional Sunday afternoon for Cameron Poimboeuf and his family. The 15-year-old was released from Tampa General Hospital, just 6 days after he and a friend were struck by lightning.

His father wheeled him out of TGH, wearing, of all things, a Tampa Bay Lightning shirt.

“Today is just a miracle. We got Cameron back here,” said Kevin Poimboeuf, standing next to Cassandra Thomas, one of the Good Samaritans who ran to his aid the day it happened.  “We want to thank all the people … All the support. Friends, family, extended family, friends of friends.  Strangers, complete strangers.”

“We want to thank all the people …all the support. Friends, family, extended family, friends of friends. Strangers, complete strangers.”

Monday afternoon, Poimboeuf and 18-year old Jansen Tabor, were walking on the beach in Sand Key when the storms started rolling in. The two started to run for cover, but not soon enough.  Tabor, recalls the moments after being struck. “I remember the rain hitting us and we started running.  And I just remember waking up face down in the sand.”  Said Tabor. “Not being able to move both my legs.”

The two started to run for cover, but not soon enough. Tabor, recalls the moments after being struck. “I remember the rain hitting us and we started running. And I just remember waking up face down in the sand,”  said Tabor. “Not being able to move both my legs.”

Thomas, a police officer vacationing from Illinois and his wife, ran to help. A pediatric nurse in town from Pennsylvania immediately began CPR on Poimboeuf, who was unconscious and not breathing after being hit. “Start CPR. Don’t give up. Just keep on working and working and working,” Thomas told reporters the day of the strike. “You just can’t give up.”

The Good Samaritans received awards from the Clearwater Police Department on Friday for their life-saving efforts. Kevin Poimboeuf can’t thank them enough. Thanks to them, he says, his son is alive.

“I want to especially thank those that have risked their lives, not only for Cameron, but for Jensen as well.”  Said an emotional Poimboeuf.  “Because people who do selfless acts for other people put their own lives at risk to save somebody else. ”

Both teens were vacationing from Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

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