New Mexico woman recovering from lightning strike at UMC

New Mexico woman recovering from lightning strike at UMC

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Kalina Jinzo was hit by a lightning bolt while riding a motorcycle through a storm.

She was with her boyfriend, Vincent Acevedo, riding from Ruidoso to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

They started their journey on Friday, May 15 planning to reach Albuquerque, but the couple never made it.

"I saw the lightning strike about 100 yards in front of us," Acevedo said. "I felt it go through the bike."

Vincent was riding the same motorcycle at the time of the strike but says he didn't get shocked as badly because he was at the front, with Jinzo sitting on the back.

"It shocks you," he said. "When lightning strikes you can feel it."

Acevedo says he performed CPR for 10 to 15 minutes before medical first responders arrived.

Jinzo was airlifted from outside Carrizozo and taken to UMC here in Lubbock.

Jinzo's family says doctors have seen a lot of improvement in her recovery since she arrived.

"When we got here she wasn't in a coma, she was just knocked out," Acevedo said.

He said Jinzo is now able to respond by squeezing his hand and opening her eyes.

Her son, Carlos Baca, was shaken up by the incident and drove to Lubbock as soon as he heard.

"This is one of those accidents you hear about on TV. You never expect anything like this to happen, but it did," Baca said. "We'll get through it"

Her family is trying offset the expensive medical costs with a GoFundMe account. Their goal is $10,000 and they are already over 50% funded.

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