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EXCLUSIVE – IMAGE: British physiotherapist struck by lightning in front of daughter on Croatian beach – who is flown back to UK while still in coma

  • Daniella DiMambro, 48, was struck by lightning on a Croatian beach
  • She was on holiday with daughter, 19, ten days ago in the popular destination of Split
  • Quick-thinking paramedics rescued her after her heart stopped for 30 minutes
  • Daniella remains in a coma but is well enough to be transported back to Britain by plane

A British holidaymaker who was struck by lightning on a Croatian beach can be revealed as a Nottingham physiotherapist who was on holiday with her daughter and is now being flown to the UK for treatment.

Mother of two, Daniella DiMambro, 48, was dramatically ‘brought back to life’ by quick-thinking paramedics after her heart stopped when she was hit by the 300 million volt strike. She remains in a coma.

She and her 19-year-old daughter were among dozens of holidaymakers who fled the beach when a powerful thunderstorm hit Kasjuni Beach on the outskirts of the popular holiday resort of Split ten days ago.

Initially, doctors at KBC hospital put her on a ventilator and anesthetized her while treating her for burns, head and internal injuries after the million-to-one attack.

But now she has finally been found healthy enough to make the journey back from Croatia on a special medical flight and will land at East Midlands airport and be taken to a specialist hospital in the area.

Daniella DiMambro, 48, was struck by lightning ten days ago on a Croatian beach while on holiday with her 19-year-old daughter in Split.

Daniella is a physiotherapist from Nottingham.  She was dramatically 'brought back to life' by quick-thinking paramedics after her heart stopped when she was hit by the 300 million volt strike

Daniella is a physiotherapist from Nottingham. She was dramatically ‘brought back to life’ by quick-thinking paramedics after her heart stopped when she was hit by the 300 million volt strike

Initially, doctors at KBC hospital put her on a ventilator and anesthetized her while treating her for burns, head and internal injuries after the million-to-one attack.

Initially, doctors at KBC hospital put her on a ventilator and anesthetized her while treating her for burns, head and internal injuries after the million-to-one attack.

A relative said: ‘She will fly home, which is of course a relief, but we just don’t know what condition she is in. She is no longer sedated but she is still in a coma and doctors in Britain will assess her and let us know about internal injuries and any brain damage.

“She is still in a serious condition and we are all very concerned as her heart stopped 30 minutes after the lightning strike, but she was rescued by paramedics and a doctor who attended. We are all very grateful to them for what they have done and the hospital has been very good.

“As soon as she is back in England she will be taken straight to the hospital where she will undergo tests and then we can get an idea of ​​the situation.

“All we can do is hope and pray that all is well and that the internal injuries are not major.”

Daniella, a qualified physiotherapist who practices in Nottingham, had gone to Croatia with her daughter and son and was staying in a holiday apartment in Split when the incident happened on August 20.

The mother and her daughter were sunbathing on a popular beach on the outskirts of the holiday resort of Split on Saturday afternoon when they had to run for their lives when a huge thunderstorm swept in from the sea (file image from Split, Croatia)

The mother and her daughter were sunbathing on a popular beach on the outskirts of the holiday resort of Split on Saturday afternoon when they had to run for their lives when a huge thunderstorm swept in from the sea (file image from Split, Croatia)

The relative added: ‘She was at the beach with her daughter while her son was in the apartment. The weather turned and she was struck by lightning as she walked down the beach.

Her heart stopped and her life was saved by the paramedics who were close to another incident and a passing doctor. Her son came back, but her daughter stayed there to be with her mother.

“Her daughter had to deal with insurance companies, the hospital and the police, all in a language she doesn’t speak and that was very difficult for her.

“She was all the time at her mother’s bedside in the intensive care unit. She was badly burned and covered in pipes. It’s just awful.

Daniella flies on a medical flight to East Midlands Airport and is taken to a specialist hospital in the area

Daniella flies on a medical flight to East Midlands Airport and is taken to a specialist hospital in the area

“We just don’t know what the outcome will be. Maybe she’ll come by or need long-term help and never work again.’

According to her Linkedin page, Daniella has worked at Manchester Royal Infirmary and transport company Bombardier, as a physiotherapist and set up her own practice in 2008 which she runs in Nottingham.

Last week, Professor Sanda Stojanovic Stipic, who was involved in Daniella’s treatment, revealed how doctors believed the lightning bolt had hit a necklace she was wearing.

She also praised the “good work” of the paramedics and doctors who treated Daniella on the beach and “brought her back to life.”

About 240,000 lightning incidents occur each year, killing about 2,000 people worldwide.

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