Jacob Brewer at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


Teen struck by lightning in Florida now improving with treatment in Chicago


Fox 32 Chicago


CHICAGO - A teenager who survived being hit by lightning in Florida is making strides with treatment in Chicago.

The 14-year old beat the odds and has a positive spirit that has inspired many.

Vacation photos show the Texas family on a Florida beach in July. The sky turned dark.

“All of the sudden we were getting ready to leave the beach, lightning hit my son,” said Barbara Brewer.

Jacob Brewer was knocked unconscious. Lightning zapped through his body, stopping his heart.

“He almost died, really. I believe it’s a miracle he’s with us. We thank God for that. He is making progress,” said Jacob’s father, Jeremiah Brewer.

He was hurt badly and paralyzed. But the miracle continued when he moved his toes.

In August, Jacob was moved to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. Jacob and his dad are all alone in the city with no family. Just health care workers, but some of the best in the world.

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