March 9, 2014
Doctors okay sanitary flight to San Luis for girl struck by lightning
Salma Ochoa was moved from the ICU of the Victorio Tetamanti hospital located in the city of Mar del Plata to a patient regular room during the weekend. It is expected the 11-year old to be transferred to the home province of San Luis today along with her parents , Valeria Montalvini y Fabián Ochoa. Salma’s sister Priscila became the fourth victim of Villa Gesell's deadly lightning strike.
San Luis province Health Ministry Gastón Hissa said the girl was evolving favourably allowing doctors to authorize her transfer in a sanitary aircraft.
On Thursday last week, Salma fainted as a result of the electrical discharge produced by the lightning that fell to the Afrika beach resort located in the coastal town of Villa Gessel. The 11-year-old was then taken to Mar del Plata with a diagnosis of respiratory distress and brain concussion.
16-year-old Priscila Ochoa and 17-year-old Santiago Irustía are the two adolescents native to the province of San Luis who died as a result of the lightning strike. They were spending their holidays with their families in Villa Gesell.
The other two victims are 20-year-old Gabriel Rodríguez and 19-year-old Nicolás Ellena.