Florida landscaper dies after being struck by lightning

A Florida landscaper died Saturday after being struck by lightning while maintaining a lawn last week, his family said.

Julio Cesar Lopez, 27, died at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach after spending four days on life support.

Lopez was mowing a lawn in the Tymber Trace section of New Smyrna Beach last Tuesday when lightning struck.

Her cousin, Luiz Vasquez, told Fox 35 that they were both finishing their last work the day before the storms arrived and Lopez was working next to a palm tree.

“Lightning struck and he was right next to it,” Vasquez said.

It is believed that lightning lowered the tree into the ground and then struck Lopez’s foot.

Lopez was mowing a lawn next to this palm tree in New Smyrna Beach, Florida when lightning struck the tree and him.
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Lopez had stopped breathing, so Vasquez and a neighbor began performing CPR.

According to a GoFundMe campaign description, Lopez suffered extensive heart damage, which stopped beating for about 20 minutes, which deprived her brain and other organs of oxygen until paramedics paramedics can resuscitate him.

“Only a miracle can bring him back,” his brother Pascual Lopez wrote before his death.

Florida landscaper Julio Caesar Lopez died after being struck by lightning.
The 27-year-old suffered multiple organ failure after being deprived of oxygen for more than 20 minutes.

Family members have previously said Lopez only had about a 10% chance of survival.

“We still have hope,” cousin Francisco Vasquez told ClickOrlando.com last week. “Hope is the last thing you lose.”

Lopez moved from Texas to Florida in February to join the family lawn care business, but her parents still live in Mexico.

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