March 9, 2014
Girl struck by lightning in Villa Gesell 'recovering'
Health Minister of the San Luis province Gastón Hissa has informed that the sister of Priscila Ochoa –who did not survive the lightening that struck the coastal city of Villa Gesell earlier in the week-, was “recovering” and that she has been released from the ICU of the Victorio Tetamanti Hospital located in the city of Mar del Plata.
Salma Ochoa is 11 years old. She was transferred from Villa Gesell to a Mar del Plata medical center.
Authorities there have said that the girl –also the cousin of another Villa Gesell’s fatal victim, Agustín Irusía-, could be discharged on Monday. Salma’s return to home province San Luis will be then coordinated with her family and the Mar del Plata-based hospital.
Minister Hissa explained that Salma fainted as a result of the electrical discharge produced by the lightning that fell to the Afrika beach resort on Thursday. The 11-year-old was then taken to Mar del Plata with a diagnosis of respiratory distress and brain concussion. Her sister Priscila died on Friday at a local hospital in Villa Gesell.
Health policies coordinator of the San Luis province Claudia Spagnuolo, meanwhile, provided information about the condition of the relatives of 17-year-old Agustín Irustía, who remained under inpatient treatment at a San Luis hospital.
9-year-old Santiago Irustía still suffers a corneal lesion evolving favourably and scans show “minimum brain lessions” that force him to remain hospitalized “at least for the next 48 hours.”
Agustín’s mother Manuala García de Irustía was authorized to attend the funeral of her son yesterday but will have to remain hospitalizad at least for the next 48 hours as she was diagnosed with heart enzyme elevation as a result of radiation. Same prognosis was for Fabio Irustía, Agustín’s father.