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Boy still in hospital after lightning strike

A young boy - struck by lightning - remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital tonight. The 11-year-old had been standing at the school gates when he was hit

The incident happened at the Dorcan Academy in Swindon at going home time. The boy, who's been named Joe Compton, was given live-saving treatment by staff from a nearby leisure centre. He is now recovering at a specialist burns unit

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Schoolboy struck by lightning in stable condition, hospital say

A schoolboy who was struck by lightning in Wiltshire is in a stable condition in hospital, have doctors said.

Joe Compton, 11, was hit as he stood in the car park of Dorcan Academy in Swindon on Wednesday.

The Year 7 student was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon before being transferred to the specialist Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

A spokeswoman for Frenchay Hospital said he is in a stable condition.

When the accident happened shortly after 3pm, first aiders from the nearby Dorcan Recreation Centre rushed to treat Joe and were quickly joined by paramedics from the Great Western Ambulance Service.

He had suffered a cardiac arrest, electrical shock and severe burns.

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