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Girl struck by lightning twice in shower

Aug. 22, 2011 at 10:51 PM   |   Comments

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old Gothenburg, Sweden, girl was struck by lightning twice while showering, her parents say.

Alice Svensson was taking a shower during a thunderstorm Aug. 17 when her parents heard her scream, The Local reported.

Her mother, Cecilia Svensson, went to the bathroom to check on her daughter, but did not immediately understand what happened.

"She screamed again. She was holding the metal shower hose while rinsing off," Svensson.

Cecilia Svensson called an expert on the radio who explained what had happened -- lightning struck the house and traveled through the pipes to the shower hose the child was using.

Nothing else in the house was damaged.

"It could have gone badly," said Svensson.

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