Jesse Watlington, 11, (pictured) was taken off life support Sunday after he was struck by a lightning bolt earlier in the week as he made his way onto a football field.
The Ft. Myers, Fla., middle schooler was running to the South Florida Christian Academy football field with friends on Oct. 3 around 4 p.m. when the bolt struck. It entered his chest and exited through the heel of his foot.
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The child was rushed by paramedics to a local hospital where CPR was administered. He was revived, then airlifted to Tampa General Hospital where he was listed in critical condition. Jesse remained in a coma and on life support until Sunday when his parents made the decision to end it.
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Jesse’s father, Charles, asks that supporters wear his son’s favorite color, purple, on Monday in his memory.