He needs a walker to get from his bed to the bathroom and it takes him several minutes. The bottoms of his feet remain sore. Williams has always been a churchgoer, but during the past few days hes been even more demonstrative about his faith sometimes bowing his head in prayer, said his aunt. Around the clock, someone is at his bedside. His family, he said, has helped lift his spirits. Im not supposed to be alive, he said. Its really incredible. News-Journal/PETER BAUER Tahgier Williams rests at Halifax Health Medical Center as he recovers from being hit by a lightning strike in Palm Coast ... News-JournalOnline.com July 26, 2014 10:32 PM
DAYTONA BEACH Tahgier Williams had never seen light fill the air like it did last Sunday. Everything was hidden behind a blanket of white.
He didnt move from his seat because in the split second he had to form a thought in his head, he realized getting out of the way of a lightning bolt was as impossible as jumping out of the path of a moving bullet.
I just remember the sky lighting up in a way that Id never seen, Williams said Friday from a hospital bed.
Williams, 19, survived a lightning strike. The former high school football player and wrestler remains in a hospital room wondering how long it will be before his strength returns.
Paramedics had to resuscitate him while en route from Palm Coast to Halifax Health Medical Center. Doctors and nurses have marveled at the fact Williams didnt die, his relatives said.
A case manager visited him in his room Friday morning, but the length of Williams hospital stay remains unclear. He said he was told he could stay for another two days or up to two weeks and thats only if he doesnt suffer any medical setbacks.
Williams aunt, April Williams, said the medical staffers dont get many patients who need to be treated for lightning-related injuries. Theyre learning new recovery facts just like everyone else, she said.
His whole body is in pain, Williams said of her nephew. His nerves are completely on edge. He was jolted.
Tahgier Williams has had episodes where he has lost feeling in his legs. There also have been moments of lost vision and hearing. After five or 10 minutes, his senses return, but each time it has unnerved him. He hasnt lost either his sight or hearing since Thursday, he said. Hes hoping thats a sign of sustained improvement.
Williams was intubated for almost two days. He told his aunt after the tube was removed that he didnt want to close his eyes. He told her he was afraid if he fell asleep, he wouldnt wake up.
Less than an hour before sundown on July 20, it was as if Williams had been zapped with a surge of energy he ripped off his shirt, talked fast, walked fast, unhooked three propane tanks and barked at his mother to go inside because a storm was brewing.
Amid the confusion, no one realized Williams had been struck by lightning. He was sitting in a chair in a tent in his grandmothers backyard around 7:30 p.m. when lightning ripped through the tent and entered through his chest.
Moments before the thunder crack, Williams and his uncle observed the misty rain and wondered whether it would pass soon or if it was a prelude to a stronger storm. Lightning was on the horizon, but it seemed to be at a safe distance.
Williams remembered hearing his uncle complain about how image source the weather was disrupting the family reunion.
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