Teen Recovering After Being Struck by Lightning in Wyoming County

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LACEYVILLE — A teen girl was struck by lightning while sitting on a family tree swing Monday afternoon in Laceyville.

Ellie Pisula was struck around 3:30 p.m.  She is an eighth grader at Wyalusing Valley Junior/Senior High School.

Pisula’s mother, Stephanie Pisula, says the girl is lucky to be alive. Pisula says her daughter lost feeling in her arms and legs but has started talking and walking again.

Ellie Pisula is hospitalized at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.


  • Terry W

    YAY Janet Weis children’s hospital!! Hope you all get to meet the pretty short petite gentle and friendly blonde nurse there.. Was so gracious with my own daughter Tea little over a year ago. Sorry I can’t recall her name? But I left a card to inform them of her great caring heart and deeds.

  • Cindy

    I understand accidents happen but really now she is old enough to know not to be swinging on a swing in a storm Mom should have told her to get off and away from the swing and tree but glad she is ok and recovering

    • jjj

      Just as aside, there doesn’t have to be “storm” present for lightening to strike. It can come from miles away.

      • SkywarnSpotter

        That’s true, lightning can strike up to ten miles from a storm. Its still important to seek shelter indoors when any storm is approaching.

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