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Baby in womb survives after lightning strikes parents

Posted by Kristi Palma  September 10, 2013 09:44 AM

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A New Mexico couple was watching fireworks with friends on the Fourth of July when lightning struck both of them.

Kendra Villanueva was nine months pregnant and just two weeks away from giving birth when the lightning struck. She was rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section.

Baby Kimberly was delivered and survived the ordeal.

The couple recently appeared on the show, "The Doctors." They said their daughter was shaky at first and was given an IV and oxygen. She is also having difficulties feeding on her own and is currently using a stomach tube. Her parents hope the tube will be removed in a few months and that they will be able bring her home soon.

"She's doing good," said Kimberly's father Ian Gordon. "Improvement every day."

"I feel very lucky," Villanueva said.

The couple told the Huffington Post back in July that they'll call their daughter "little Flash Gordon."

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