10:53 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
A Bedford woman struck by lightning was recovering at a nearby hospital Tuesday evening. She said she's alive thanks in large part to her quick thinking son.
"I was out there cutting my mother's grass. I noticed the sky was starting to get dark across the road. I went to turn to make my little and that's all I remember," said Christina Eads.
Eads was hit by lightning. Witnesses said it wasn't even raining at the time.
"My mamaw came running over screaming. I was inside on the couch," said Colton Prince, Eads' son.
When Prince got outside he saw his mother.
"She was just leaning over the mower unconscious. I was trying to get her to move and she wouldn't respond."
Prince, who is only 16 years old quickly called 911 and followed all the instructions the operator gave him to help his mom.
"I did everything I could to save her."
At the house, the lawnmower was still in the yard Tuesday evening. You could see where the lightning sliced into a tree, burning the bark off.
"The battery case on the mower was popped off and wasn't in the mower, got thrown over here. The battery wasn't even on the thing," said Prince.
Eads is still being watched at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. They're monitoring her heart to make sure she is okay. Her hand and back are burned. Her arms are bruised.
"Inside, I feel like I have third degree burns in places, but I'm alive," said Eads.
"If it wasn't for him. I wouldn't be here. I'm so proud of him. I couldn't be any more proud of him."
As for when she will finish up cutting that grass, Eads says, "I'm done for a while. I don't want to be outside when it storms. I don't want to be on a lawnmower. So it's gonna take a little bit before I can get back to normal."