Pregnant Woman Struck by Lightning, Gives Birth

Dad also hit, but all 3 are fine
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 12, 2013 12:48 PM CDT
Pregnant Woman Struck by Lightning, Gives Birth
File photo of lightning.   (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May)

A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Kendra Villanueva and the baby's father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July Fourth when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home. Villanueva was just weeks from her due date and was rushed to University of New Mexico Medical Center where she had an emergency Cesarean section, KRQE-TV reports.

Mother, father, and baby survived relatively unscathed. The couple named the baby Kimberly Samantha Rose Gordon and said they'll also call her "little Flash Gordon." Ian Gordon says the new parents are hoping their new daughter will "run fast, or save the universe." (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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