MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – There aren't many people who get struck by lightning and survive without serious injuries, but one Murfreesboro teenager knows firsthand how important it is to take cover when severe weather rolls into Middle Tennessee.
Isaiah Carter loves to shoot hoops, but the 13-year-old has a few new nicknames like “Flash Gordon,” “Bolt” and “Sparky” that have nothing to do with basketball.
Wednesday, he was playing with his brother and some friends when storms rolled in overhead.
"We were all standing around in a circle and we're just talking then the lightning hit right in the middle where we all were because all we saw was sparks,” Carter said.
He isn’t sure if it was a direct hit, but knows the bolt got him on his right knuckles. His arm went numb and while trying to get inside, he collapsed.
His mother, Candy Carter, who runs an outreach ministry, was out trying to help a victim when the storms got so bad they had to pull over.
"About that time I received a text on my cell phone and it was my husband saying that our son had been struck by lightning,” she said Friday.
Was he alive? Was he ok? What about his brain? His heart? All those questions raced through her mind while trying to get home.
“That was a horrible feeling to think that your child is there without you and possibly severely injured or even deceased,” Candy Carter said.
ER doctors told the family Isaiah should be just fine.
"A lot of people have said that we are very lucky, and I'm not one that believes in luck. I know that we're very blessed. I know that our God was watching over our son,” Candy Carter went on to say.
Now “Flash Gordon" has a story to tell for the rest of his life.
"It hurt,” he said.
Isaiah said he does have some random soreness in his hand, but doesn't believe it's anything that won't heal.
His mother hopes other families now heed the warnings anytime severe weather happens.