LEE COUNTY, Fla.- She survived the same lightning strike that killed a friend and critically injured another. Tonight, 16-year-old Chelsea Gill is telling her story to WINK News. Gill was released from the hospital earlier this week, though her boyfriend, Zach Lataweic remains in a medically induced coma.
"When I close my eyes, I hear his voice."
"Stay strong, think positive" just four words Chelsea gill is living by. She said that simple message is one of her boyfriend Zach Lataweic's favorite quotes.
"I always promised Zach, if I ever were to get hurt, or if you were to ever get hurt, I don't care about me, I just want you to be ok."
Chelsea has been by Zach's side, since they were struck by a bolt of lightning on Fort Myers Beach. The teenagers were hurt and a family friend Scott Wilcox was killed.
The 16-year-old says she hasn't shed a tear inside the hospital visiting. "I have gotten better, I still have those emotional break downs, but that is when I walk out the room," said Chelsea Gill.
She relives the moments she saw the storm rolling into the beach-- the crackle of thunder and a bolt of lightning would forever change her life.
"Me and Zach saw the storm and ran up a little bit, and all the sudden I heard the noise and it went black."
The lightning bolt struck Scott Wilcox and killed him. "He was like a best friend to me, we used to hang out a lot."
Scott's nephew tells WINK News his uncle had a love for the beach and passion to help people.
"Scott was the kind of guy, if you had a problem, you could go to talk to, make you laugh. He will do stupid dumb silly stuff just to put a smile on your face," said Paul Gill.
He describes Scott as a true hero that day on the beach.
"I do believe what happened, happened for a reason, its hard to say, but he died and if given the choice I know he would have chose to do it and that's what makes him a true hero."
Now, Zach's mom tells WINK News, Sunday will be a big day for them. She said the doctor will know more about his condition.
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