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Woodstock woman struck by lightning released from hospital

Brittney Prehn, 22, of Woodstock | Photo posted on GoFundMe

The Woodstock woman who was seriously injured after being struck by lightning at the Country Thunder Music Festival has been released from the hospital, and almost $15,000 in donations have been raised.

Brittney N. Prehn, 22, of Woodstock, was seriously injured after being struck by lightning on July 20 at the Country Thunder Music Festival, 2305 Lance Drive in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

Emergency crews found the woman unconscious and seriously injured. She was transported by ambulance to Centegra Hospital – McHenry where she was later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center.

Authorities initially were unable to identify Prehn because she did not have any identification on her but her parents later contacted the sheriff’s office and identified her.

Emergency crews said that Prehn was talking on her cellphone when she was struck by lightning during a storm. The electricity went through her body and out through her foot. Photos show her cellphone and shoes heavily damaged from the strike.

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Prehn was in the intensive care unit (ICU) at Loyola University Medical Center. She has since been released from the hospital and is recovering, according to a GoFundMe setup by her mother, Lisa Prehn.

“Brittney and the entire family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support!” her mother said.

“Brittney still has a long road ahead of her she is definitely a living miracle in progress! We appreciate your continued prayers and support!”

As of Wednesday, the GoFundMe account had raised almost $15,000 in donations.


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