Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Goalkeeper who was struck by lightning is back on the pitch

A goalkeeper is ready to play again just two-and-a-half weeks after he was struck by lightning on a pitch.

Russian Ivan Zaborovsky was shown in a dramatic video hit in the chest by a thunderbolt as he kicked the ball while training alone.

There was a fireball and black smoke was seen burning the pitch.

The strike floored him face down and players and coaching staff rushed to his side fearing he was dead.

Today it was revealed he did not breathe for two minutes.

But he was given heart massage and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation by his coaches and miraculously survived.

The player was in a coma for three days but is now back with his teammates and showed off the scar on his chest from the lightning strike as he signed his first professional contract with local club FC Znamya Truda, in Russia’s third tier.

Ivan also told how his hero and role model is Man Utd’s keeper David De Gea, who he dreams of meeting.

‘I’m feeling perfectly well now. Nothing is hurting,’ he said.

He even repeated the kick which he made as the lightning struck him.

‘I don’t remember anything starting from the moment I left home to go training,’ he said.

‘I came to my senses in hospital.’