Emily Bobb, who is a freshman at Seymour High School, was taken to the hospital Thursday after she was struck by lightning while at softball practice. Three teammates, Carlee Westfall, Kristin George and Kelsey Nolting, were taken also to hospitals nearby, complaining they had headaches.
"I saw it. I thought it had hit her head, but they said it hit her around the belly button and it came out of the bottom of her left shoe," said Westfall.
She said it was so unexpected.
"It was sunny outside and not raining. It was hot, nice wind, nothing wrong and all of a sudden it just struck the softball field and everyone was so amazed because nothing was expected at all."
After it happened, Westfall said she turned around.
"I grabbed my head for a second and I was going to run and then I decided to turn around and run back to Emily," said Westfall.
Meanwhile, across the street from the softball field, Dr. Levi Nehrtt was with a patient at Klaes Chiropractic and Physical Therapy. He said he happened to be looking out the window and saw when Bobb was struck. He had a clear view of second base from his window.
"As soon as I saw her go down, I mean, you know, you got to do something," said Dr. Nehrt.
The team's coach ran toward Emily too. Westfall described what happened next as she ran toward Bobb.
"And a lightning struck right in front of me as I was running towards her and that's when I stopped and fell and my legs were numb and I got carried off," she said.
Dr. Nehrt hopped the fence to get to Bobb.
"When I got to her, she didn't have a pulse. She wasn't breathing. (I) started CPR and started praying the EMT's to get there as quick(ly) as they could," he said.
Bobb was turning blue but within minutes, Nehrt said she started breathing. She had a low pulse. He said the EMT's arrived within 5-7 minutes. Bobb was immediately taken to the hospital.
"Being a coach myself, my heart goes out to them, family, and all the rest of the softball team," he said.
Now that she is out of the hospital, Westfall planned to visit Bobb in Indianapolis Friday afternoon. Westfall said Bobb has been taken off her ventilator. Westfall said Bobb has short term memory loss because of the medicine she is taking and that her muscles ache. She said she is thankful there were people around to help.
"I'm glad she's still here and just keep praying for her," said Westfall.
Friday, softball practice was cancelled. Westfall said the coach wanted the team to take some time off.
Fox59 spoke to the superintendent of the school system. She said she trusts the decision the coach made to hold practice. Again, everyone said the day seemed normal. She said her coaching staff follows IHSAA rules and guidelines. She mentioned other teams stopped practice after Bobb was injured.