Teen struck by lightning in Siesta Key continues to recover

Teen struck by lightning in Siesta Key continues to recover
Jacob Brewer continues his recovery after being struck by lightning in Siesta Key. (Source: Tracey Roe)

(WWSB) - A Texas teen who was seriously hurt when he was struck by lightning at Siesta Key Beach is improving, family members tell ABC7.

14-year-old Jacob Brewer was struck while on the beach in July. Doctors told the family that the lightning traveled through the teen’s chest and exited out of his foot. He was taken to Tampa General where he underwent multiple surgeries until he was well enough to be transported to another hospital in Texas.

“He’s made huge progress, he’s a hard worker, he wants to get better and he wants to get out there on the marching field with the band," said Barbara Brewer, Jacob’s mother. "He’s not giving up, he makes people laugh and he’s always looking positive”

Now, Brewer is getting additional treatments in Chicago. Brewer’s mother shared photos of Jacob enjoying the city’s signature deep dish pizza.

“I heard this morning that he’s actually moving his legs a little bit today," said Barbara Brewer. "So they have high hopes that maybe he could walk again someday, he just keeps working harder and harder to get better.”

Jacob is going through physical therapy. Barbara Brewer tells ABC7 that their entire family will move to Chicago for at least six months to be with him. The family is raising money to pay for medical and living expenses. If you would like to donate, click here.

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