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Becky survives holiday horror lightning strike [lip and tongue piercings alert]
ic.Berkshire.co ^ | Jul 3 2003 | Ollie Stallwood, Reading Chronicle

Posted on 07/05/2003 8:59:55 AM PDT by aculeus

BECKY Nyang was left feeling a little down in the mouth after a brush with death when she was struck by lightning on the Greek holiday isle of Corfu.

The 26-year-old special service agent for Virgin at Heathrow is still shaken and recovering at her west Reading home after the lightning bolt zeroed in on her lip and tongue piercings.

The drama began when she and a friend were forced to flee the beach at Kavos by an approaching storm and Becky was crossing the courtyard of their hotel.

She said: "When it hit me all I could see was lightning. It was a bright blue and I couldn't see anything else. My body was shaking for 10 minutes."

Temporarily blinded and unable to speak she suffered burns to her mouth - where the lighting hit the two metal piercings - and a large bruise on her shoulder at the point of impact.

Two weeks later Becky, of Argyle Road, still finds sleeping difficult and is getting fed up with people joking about the holiday recharging her batteries.

Doctors say she suffered no cardiac damage but her heart muscle was affected by the lightning strike, releasing enzymes into her blood, and she must undergo a series of tests before being allowed to return to work.

Becky admitted: "I feel a bit different within myself as I know how close I came to losing my life, and never seeing my loved ones again.

"I have been given a second chance at life and every second is precious. I thank God I'm alive."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: greece; lightningstrikes; piercings; virgin; virginairlines; zot

1 posted on 07/05/2003 8:59:55 AM PDT by aculeus
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To: aculeus
Given some of the places that get pierced, it could have been a lot worse.
2 posted on 07/05/2003 9:01:55 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (The Preview button is for wimps!)
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To: aculeus
Put some ice on it.

So9

3 posted on 07/05/2003 9:03:26 AM PDT by Servant of the Nine (Ouchie Ouchie Ouchie)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Given some of the places that get pierced, it could have been a lot worse.


>^>^>^>ZOT!>^>^>^> Mmm, that felt good!

4 posted on 07/05/2003 9:06:58 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
I know him! His name is Van De Graff isn't it?
5 posted on 07/05/2003 9:07:50 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (The Preview button is for wimps!)
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To: aculeus
What exactly does a "special service agent for Virgin" do, anyway?
6 posted on 07/05/2003 9:08:03 AM PDT by AF68
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To: aculeus
Nothing like having your tongue turned into a bacon strip.
7 posted on 07/05/2003 9:09:05 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (Bumperootus!)
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To: aculeus
ZOT!
8 posted on 07/05/2003 9:10:06 AM PDT by gitmo (Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.)
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To: aculeus
This storoy begs the question: did she subsequently remove the metal paraphrenalia -- or not??? If not, I hold no sympathy for this bimbo.
9 posted on 07/05/2003 9:12:04 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: gitmo

I guess Barney has gone punk on us...
10 posted on 07/05/2003 9:12:21 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (The Preview button is for wimps!)
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To: AF68
"What exactly does a "special service agent for Virgin" do, anyway?"

Virgin is an airline. Not sure if it was named to shock, or named after Elizabeth I, the virgin queen, as is Virginia.


11 posted on 07/05/2003 9:12:54 AM PDT by jocon307 (Enough is enough, and that's too much - Pearl Gould)
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To: mountaineer
Lovely. All he's missing are the copper neck-stretching rings and the plate in his lower lip.
12 posted on 07/05/2003 9:12:58 AM PDT by AF68
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To: jocon307
Virgin Airlines is owned by Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Records.
13 posted on 07/05/2003 9:16:35 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (You're not too smart. I like that in a man.)
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To: jocon307
Not sure if it was named to shock, or named after Elizabeth I, the virgin queen, as is Virginia.

It is rumored, even to this day, that Miss Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Ann Bolyn, didn't miss near as much as some people assumed she missed.

In other words, Virgin Queen was probably just an honorary title.

I hope the gal hit by lightning only had mouth piercings. And I trust she's discarded them by now, unless the lightning welded them in place.

14 posted on 07/05/2003 9:56:08 AM PDT by Ole Okie
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To: aculeus
Lucky she didn't have braces in her mouth.
15 posted on 07/05/2003 9:56:18 AM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: afraidfortherepublic
This storoy begs the question: did she subsequently remove the metal paraphrenalia -- or not??? If not, I hold no sympathy for this bimbo.

Lightning that has just jumped 2000 feet through the air is not going to care whether your body has a little metal or not in it. She would have been hit even if she had no metal within 100 yards of her body.

16 posted on 07/05/2003 9:57:50 AM PDT by jlogajan
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To: aculeus
The 26-year-old special service agent for Virgin at Heathrow is still shaken and recovering at her west Reading home after the lightning bolt zeroed in on her lip and tongue piercings.

This is typical pig ignorant media reporting. Lightning is not "attracted" to metal. Lightning is just trying to follow the path of least resistance to ground. After breaking down normally non-conductive air, thousands of feet worth, a tiny bit of metal in the path makes no difference.

She was hit because she was standing in the path where lightning was going to strike anyhow. It had nothing to do with her, or any small amount of metal in the vicinity.

17 posted on 07/05/2003 10:02:57 AM PDT by jlogajan
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To: jlogajan
Yes, you are right, of course. It has surprised me how many people actually DO get struck by lightening. I recall hearing some stories people who had their sight or hearing being restored after such an event. And I remember a woman in NYC who was in a phone booth which got struck by lightening, she was killed. Scary, you wouldn't think that would happen in such an urban environment.
18 posted on 07/05/2003 10:30:54 AM PDT by jocon307 (Enough is enough, and that's too much - Pearl Gould)
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To: aculeus
You're grounded!
19 posted on 07/05/2003 10:34:56 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: AF68
Very PC of you not to mention the bone through the nose.

Not that there appears to be room for it.
20 posted on 07/05/2003 11:38:57 AM PDT by lambo
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To: afraidfortherepublic
The metal had nothing to do with the girl getting struck by lightning. She was simply a convenient conductor of electricity to the ground. Although I have known of metal objects being melted when a person is struck.

However, it will be interesting if the story gets out that piercings attract lightning.



21 posted on 07/05/2003 11:45:42 AM PDT by gitmo (Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.)
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To: aculeus
Becky the virgin:


22 posted on 07/05/2003 11:52:01 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: gitmo
As I tell my Boys at safety meetings, electricy is the safest stuff in the world, as long as you don't become a part of the ground path.

We had, about 15 years ago, a guy who was tired of life and decided to give a 345 KV line a Monica, the pictures of the aftermath kind of get the new guys attention.

23 posted on 07/05/2003 11:59:10 AM PDT by Little Bill (No Rats, A.N.S.W.E.R (WWP) is a commie front!!!!,)
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To: Little Bill
I got 18KV about 8 years ago. I was lucky because it was only running about 10mA current limited. Got my attention though.
24 posted on 07/05/2003 12:02:20 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (The Preview button is for wimps!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Your lucky, when I worked for another utility the guy with the next locker over did a 119KV shoulder to heel looked like someone carved out a chunk of flesh right down the side of his body, inch wide, inch deep, destroyed his foot. Somebody screwed up the swiching order when he was putting on grounds, made me a believer, 10mA across the chest and St. Peter.
25 posted on 07/05/2003 12:27:55 PM PDT by Little Bill (No Rats, A.N.S.W.E.R (WWP) is a commie front!!!!,)
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To: aculeus
It's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!!
26 posted on 07/05/2003 12:39:02 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (Never forget: CLINTON PARDONED TERRORISTS)
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To: Little Bill
10mA across the chest and St. Peter.

Magnitude of the Current The effect on an adult (weight 68 Kg)

0 to 0.5 mA no sensation
1 mA threshold of perception
1 to 3mA weak sensation
3 to 10 mA painful sensation
10 mA threshold of muscular contraction in the arms
30 mA threshold of respiratory paralysis
75 mA to 100 mA threshold of cardiac fibrillation (probability 0.5%)
250 ma cardiac fibrillation with 99.5% probability (for an exposure time of 5 seconds)
4A threshold of cardiac paralysis (sudden stoppage of the heart)
5A burning of organic tissues

27 posted on 07/05/2003 12:40:35 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: cinFLA
10 mA threshold of muscular contraction in the arms.

Across the chest? The 10 mA rule has been our books for 30? years. Cardiac Arremia(SP).

28 posted on 07/05/2003 1:12:14 PM PDT by Little Bill (No Rats, A.N.S.W.E.R (WWP) is a commie front!!!!,)
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To: jocon307
It has surprised me how many people actually DO get struck by lightening.

I think that the odds of being struck by lightning are somewhat greater than the odds for winning some lotteries (and few people are trying to "improve their chances" of being hit by lighting). An online search reveals figures of 1/600k to 1/700k. The odds of winning the top prize in the 6 of 54 number Texas lottery is 1 in 25.8 million. When the game was 6 of 50 numbers, the odds were 1 in 15.9 million.

I saw lightning strike a traffic light pole when I was about 25 feet away in my car (I was stopped at that light). Needless to say, the traffic light went out.

I recently learned that a friend of mine was struck by lighting while a passenger in someone's car. I was surprised when he said he never saw a doctor about it.

29 posted on 07/05/2003 1:19:02 PM PDT by weegee
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To: aculeus
and is getting fed up with people joking about the holiday recharging her batteries.

Nice show-stopper!

30 posted on 07/05/2003 1:20:47 PM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: AF68
Can a woman give "Lewinskys" and still be a Virgin? Oral sex not being sex and all...

Ask people what having a tongue pierce means and it will always come down to oral sex.

31 posted on 07/05/2003 1:22:41 PM PDT by weegee
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To: aculeus
"...I thank God I'm alive."

I wouldn't thank Him, sweetie, it looks like He was trying to kill you. Just be thankful He's apparently not a marksman. LOL!!

32 posted on 07/05/2003 2:59:59 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady (Let them eat cake.)
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To: Slyfox
wow...some really big names in that movie(sarcasm)....though I think Richard Todd as been in some bigger flicks!
33 posted on 07/05/2003 3:07:44 PM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: aculeus

I'm ashamed to admit I was more concerned about he families and loved ones of those killed in our war on terrorism.

My abject apologies to the Beckys of the world.

Oh, and by the way, what color ribbon should I wear to make others as shallow as myself more aware of the plight of brain-dead dimwits such as Becky?

34 posted on 07/05/2003 3:15:04 PM PDT by Fintan (Please excuse our appearance...the Tag Line is being remodeled.)
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To: Little Bill
Across the chest? The 10 mA rule has been our books for 30? years. Cardiac Arremia(SP).

I remember as a electrician in the 60's that the rule was >100 ma would be a likelyhood of death. Under 100 ma and you would probably not die. The chart I posted agrees with that.

75 mA to 100 mA threshold of cardiac fibrillation (probability 0.5%)
250 ma cardiac fibrillation with 99.5% probability (for an exposure time of 5 seconds)

35 posted on 07/05/2003 4:28:24 PM PDT by cinFLA
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To: aculeus
I hate the annoying static shocks of carpets and car doors, in Winter. I can't even relate to you folks getting zapped with KVs! Blows my mind.
36 posted on 07/05/2003 4:39:06 PM PDT by Hinoki Cypress (At 53, it's the miles, not the years.)
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To: Hinoki Cypress
relate = bad choice.
imagine what it's like = better choice.

I'm still feeling my way around; pls, forgive me.

But dang; KVs! Whooooosh!
37 posted on 07/05/2003 4:45:32 PM PDT by Hinoki Cypress (At 53, it's the miles, not the years.)
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To: Hinoki Cypress
I hate the annoying static shocks of carpets and car doors, in Winter. I can't even relate to you folks getting zapped with KVs! Blows my mind.

Welcome to the real world of kv!

Typical Electrostatic Voltages at 20% Relative Humidity

Sliding across a foam cushion 10-14 Kv
Walking across a vinyl floor 8-12 Kv
Walking across nylon carpet 2-4 Kv

38 posted on 07/05/2003 4:49:09 PM PDT by cinFLA
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