When Khye Felder was struck by lightning, his shoes burned off his feet. His sister thought he was dead, but this 9-year-old is making a remarkable recovery. VPC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A local boy who barely survived a lightning strike in June still goes to the doctor every day and suffers some residual hearing and vision problems.
"The doctors say it's a miracle, they can't even understand," said mother Trina Felder.
On June 25, Khye Felder and his sibling were playing near the track at Johnson C. Smith University when a sudden storm formed above. Khye was struck by lightning with his brother and sister nearby.
"It was like a big streak of light and then a loud noise, and then he was laying on the ground," said Khye's brother Brice.
Khye stopped breathing and was unconscious. His mother tried to perform CPR while they waited for first responders.
Thursday, the Felders publically thanked the first responder to arrive on scene, Officer Bryan Long, who repeatedly called to check on Khye over the past month.
"It's turned out well. We're extremely happy and couldn't ask for a better outcome," said Long.
Khye doesn't remember anything from being at the track.
"Last thing I remember is that I woke up in the hospital, that's it," Khye said.
Since then, doctors have been pleased by his progress and his prognosis for the future.
"Feel happy that I'm still alive," he said.