Child Struck By Lightning At URJ Summer Camp Remains Critical
06/30/13
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Ethan Kadish, the only one of three campers still hospitalized after being struck by lightning last week at a Jewish camp in Indiana, remains in critical but stable condition.

The 12-year-old from Cincinnati requires help with his breathing and needs his chest cleared, according to his family, who set up a website, Caringbridge.org/visit/ethankadish, to provide updates on his condition.

“Ethan continues to work with his medical team on recovery,” the Kadish family wrote. “We want to let all of you know that his recovery is going to take time.”

The three campers were hurt when lightning struck without warning at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday during an Ultimate Frisbee game on the athletic  field of the Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Ind., the St. Louis Jewish Light reported. The other two children injured were Lily Hoberman, 9, of Missouri and Noah Auerbach, 9, of Kentucky. All three campers were admitted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

It was not raining, nor was there a storm in the area at the time of the lightning strike, Indianapolis Police spokesman Kendale Adams told reporters.

Lily’s mother, Michelle Hoberman, credited a staffer at the camp with saving her daughter’s life.

“One young man, a wilderness specialist at the camp from Pittsburgh, administered CPR and shocked Lily back to life. He was the angel who saved her,” Hoberman told the St. Louis Jewish Light. “Another young man from Cincinnati, Ohio, a college student, was there to assist him.”

Hoberman said she expected Lily to make a full recovery.

The families of the injured are setting up a fund to be used to support continued medical training for staffers and provide medical equipment and supplies, Hoberman told the newspaper.

Several hundred children in grades 3 through 12 are in residence at the camp, which is affiliated with the Reform movement..

On Monday, camp director Rabbi Mark Covitz said activities at the Union for Reform Judaism camp have been proceeding as usual. They include plans for a musical performance on Wednesday night by one of the camp’s bunks.
Corvitz also indicated that the camp has been somewhat cautious about how much information about the incident to share with other campers.

“I was struck, as I am daily, by what a remarkable and, yes, holy community this is,” Covitz wrote on the camp blog on Sunday, the day after the lightning strike. “I could not be prouder of how our staff reacted yesterday, nor more appreciative of the outstanding response from the Zionsville paramedics. Today, camp is up and running.”

Emergency officials reportedly were called to the camp at 1:40 p.m. Saturday, where they found camp counselors performing “lifesaving efforts,” an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department report said, according to the Indianapolis Star newspaper.

It was not raining, nor was there a storm in the area at the time of the lightning strike, Indianapolis Police spokesman Kendale Adams told reporters.

Several hundred children in grades 3 through 12 are in residence at the camp.

The camp has identified the synagogues of origin of the injured campers: Shaare Emeth in St. Louis, Mo.; Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio; and The Temple in Louisville, Ky.

The three injured children have not been named, but have been identified as a 9-year-old girl from Missouri, a 9-year-old boy from Kentucky and a 12-year-old boy from Ohio.

Following the accident, Rabbi Mark Covitz, director of the camp known as GUCI, sent out a message, also posted on Facebook, which read, “This Shabbat afternoon, lightning struck URJ Goldman Union Camp. Three campers were injured. Camp personnel and emergency professionals responded quickly. The children were taken to local hospitals and we have spoken with each child’s parents.

“We are resuming our normal camp schedule, which will include dinner and evening program.

“Please know, the safety of your children is our highest priority.”

Emergency officials reportedly were called to the camp at 1:40 p.m., where they found camp counselors performing “lifesaving efforts,” an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department report said, according to the Indianapolis Star newspaper.

It was not raining, nor was there a storm in the area at the time of the lightning strike, Indianapolis Police spokesman Kendale Adams told reporters.

Several hundred children in grades 3 through 12 are in residence at the camp.

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07/05/2013 - 09:49

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