Aiken Co. 14-year-old girl reportedly 'zapped' in arm by lightning

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Sunday, June 9, 2019
Note: Neighbors initially reported the teen was outside on her cell phone during the storm. Scriven's mom told News 12 she was not outside at the time.

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AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT)-- Janell Wade says the sky lit up last night.

"Everything was popping. Lightning was popping everywhere last night," Janell Wade said.

It was pitch black on Horse Creek Road. Storms took out power in the neighborhood. The only light was bolts clashing in the sky.

"It was popping like fire," Wade said. "Everything just popped and the lights went off. You could just see the lightning just striking."

One of those bolts made its way to 14-year-old Ah'laya Scriven.

"She couldn't feel her fingers," Wade said. "She was on the phone and lightning had struck her."

Janell says she rushed over when she heard the sound of sirens coming from across the street.

The teen says she was in her bedroom when she reached for her phone, saw a lightning bolt near her window and felt electricity zap through her arm.

"She was very scared," Wade said. "She was shaking and trembling a lot. She couldn't feel her fingers anymore and I guess she just threw the phone because she was in the dark when it all happened. Lightning was really out here and rain was just coming down. It was everywhere."

EMS rushed Ah'laya to the hospital where she stayed through the night. Ah'laya's mom says doctors told them due to the exit wound, they believe it was a lightning bolt that struck Ah'laya.

The odds of getting struck by lightning in any year in the U.S. are one in 700,000. About 10% of victims are killed 70% suffer serious long-term effects. This teen is lucky to be alive.

"We love her and we hope she is okay," Miyuanna Martin and Mckienze Glanton, Ah'laya's friends said.

Ah'laya is expected to make a full recovery. Her friends say they're glad she is one of the lucky ones.

"We're going to make her a card when she gets back," the friends said. "It's going to say that we hope she feels better."


AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT)-- A teen was reportedly struck by lightning during Saturday night storms. The 14-year-old recalls being zapped in the arm, then going numb.

According to Aiken County dispatch, a 911 call came in from Horse Creek Drive just before 8 o'clock, reporting a young girl was hit by a bolt. Dispatch sent EMS to the scene to check it out. Crews found Ah’laya Scriven at her home.

Neighbors initially reported Scriven was outside on her cell phone during the storm when lightning struck her. The teen's mom, Tasha Scrivens, told News 12 her daughter did have her phone in hand but she was not outside when the lightning hit.

Instead, the teen was on her bed next to the window and as she grabbed her phone from the charger a bolt came down, according to the mom.

The teen was released from the hospital this afternoon. The family says because of the exit wound, doctors determined it was a lightning strike that injured her.

Scriven is expected to fully recover.

More on this story tonight on News 12 at 11 o'clock.

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