Father’s Military Training Kicks into Gear, Saves his Daughter’s Life

A quick-thinking military veteran used his emergency medical skills to save his daughter’s life last weekend.

Steve Jorgensen had to respond with chest compressions and CPR after his daughter was struck by lightning while playing in the rain with a friend in her grandparents’ backyard in Sun City West, a Phoenix suburb on Saturday, according to Fox Weather.

“It was a super, super bright, loud noise that banged,” Jorgensen said of the explosion.

A doctor at the Valleywise Arizona Burn Center, where 12-year-old Ella Jorgensen was treated, said the girl’s heart stopped after being struck by lightning.

But her father’s quick action prevented, according to Dr. Kevin Foster the worst.


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“I think the key to her rescue was her father realizing that her heart had stopped and he was able to perform effective CPR and get her heart going again, which literally saved her life.” said Dr. Foster.

According to Fox Weather, Ella’s heart stopped three times while her father was giving her medical treatment.

Jorgensen had to resort to both CPR and chest compressions to revive her.

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“I got her heart working again. Made her breathe [for a] short time, so I lost it again.”

“I panicked again, made her heart beat a little longer,” the hero father said of his response, according to Fox Weather.

“I’m just a father taking care of his daughter.”

Ellas’ friend, who was standing right next to her, was unharmed by the lightning strike, Jorgensen said.

Ella suffered some burns to her neck from a necklace she was wearing and also had blisters and burns to her chest and legs, but she is expected to make a full recovery, her father said.


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“She’s basically unharmed,” Jorgensen said, according to Fox Weather. “It is wonderful.”

In an interview with KPNX-TV, Jorgensen described seeing his daughter struck by lightning with his own eyes.

Jorgensen cited his military training in the Marine Corps as having the experience to respond appropriately to the situation.

“I fought in Iraq in 2007 and in Afghanistan in 2008, so I have a lot of experience,” the veteran said.

“All my training in the infantry helped me a lot.”

Jorgensen’s daughter responds to her near-death experience with a touch of her father’s courage and resilience. After being intubated for a day, she was breathing on her own but had some nausea, he said.

All Ella remembered from the incident was her necklace breaking and seeing a white light. She was surprised when her father told her she had been struck by lightning.

“She didn’t believe me at first,” he told KPNX. “Once we got the tubes out and her mom told her again, she just looked at her mom and hugged her and said, ‘I’m going to have a cool story forever now,'” the dad said of his daughter’s reaction.

“I’m a little jealous of her now because she can talk a little more crap about me now, she makes fun of me, ‘You’ve been blown up twice and now I’ve been struck by lightning. ‘” Jorgensen quoted his daughter as saying, according to KPNX.

https://www.westernjournal.com/just-dad-taking-care-daughter-fathers-military-training-kicks-gear-saves-daughters-life/ Father’s Military Training Kicks into Gear, Saves his Daughter’s Life


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